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Brainless Figure In Stone

Ai Weiwei

This sculpture in limestone Ataíja is the artist’s self-portrait. Differing from a traditional sculpture, it entails a complex procedure that combines modern technology and manual sculpting. At first, the artist’s figure was digitally scanned, and a preliminary sculpture was produced accordingly. An experienced sculptor then manually carved fine details such as eyebrows and hair that were not captured by the machine initially. As digital files are very accurate, this technique allows for more application possibilities, ensures quality, and keeps all the details intact.