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With Project EGG, Michiel van der Kley together with hundreds of co-creators all over the world showed a new way of creating and collaborating.

Project EGG is a poetic pavilion with an organic form and a 5 x 4 x 3 metres structure made in re-usable and biodegradable PLA. The building is composed of 4.760 open 3D-printed stones, each one’s shape unique.

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Michiel van der Kley says: “Many small elements together form a large structure, as in the objects from nature. The possibilities of desktop 3D-printing when you see a large object as the total of many small elements are limitless”.

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Also the way this object is produced is new; not by a factory but by a community. Indeed, Project EGG is the largest desktop 3d-printed co-creation art project so far.

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During his research on the potential of the 3D-printer, Van der Kley came into contact with bloggers and digital communities all over the world and invited them to print one of the stones for Project EGG.

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 At Dutch Design Week 2014,the designer wanted to use the computer for something that didn’t exist yet and combine that with the potential of 3D-printing. Since each stone has to be printed individually, it is very easy to make slight variations in each design.

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Project EGG’s participants received the digital version for their unique stone in which their name has been included. Additionally, it was possible to adopt a stone for a small amount of money for people who don’t own a 3D-printer, but would like to support the project.

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During the next two years, Studio Michiel van der Kley wants to show the project all over the world. A tour is in the planning. Meanwhile research is ongoing.


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Photos: courtesy of Michiel van der Kley.

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