Nick Ervinck is a powerful abstract artist whose work we have covered before in connection with some of the biggest names in 3D printing. Now, again using the 3D printer to move between the physical and virtual, Ervinck has created a 3D printed trophy for Flanders Classics Gent-Wevelgem, held this year on March 29th, the Sunday between Milan – San Remo and the Tour of Flanders.
Since the trophy in question was to be one they would have for the next ten years, the officials in charge of choosing the piece wanted to make sure it was top-notch. With the trophy, titled ‘ENNERLEI,’ Ervinck has created a symbolic piece that was inspired both by the history of their country and by archaeology. The trophy is obviously a beautiful symbol of freedom and fluidity and grace.
While the straight lines of the pedestal represent an absolutely traditional style in its conservative linear fashion, the design of the trophy is distinctively and truly inimitably a trademark work of Ervink’s. Meant to symbolize what cyclists go through in a race such as the Gent-Wevelgem, the 3D printed trophy is meant to embody tension as well as tradition, inspiration — and innovation. It is also meant to be a symbol of the physical battle the riders go through with the exertion of the famed Gent-Wevelgem.
A resident of Belgium, Ervinck is an extremely progressive artist not afraid to take risks artistically or with the latest technology. Very experienced with digital design, he enjoys integrating the digital and physical world with new techniques and new media, and 3D printing is one of his favorites. A fan of sculpture and architecture, he works to imbue new quality and beauty into contemporary sculpture through the use of 3D printing.
With the futuristic ENNERLEI, speed and dynamics are the larger theme of the concept. While the 3D printed trophy is meant to be a reward for the pure grit and determination the cyclists must go through, it is also a reward in that they receive an artwork that is beautiful, elegant, and classic.
With the new trophy design to be handed out to cyclists winning the Gent-Wevelgem for the next decade, they will be celebrated in artistic tribute as those who with their pure determination and energy make the race an exciting competition year after year. The winners serve as an example to future generations of cyclists. The 3D printed trophy itself also serves as inspiration not only for their efforts but also to artists who are interested in exploring the world of 3D printing and new innovations in sculpture.
Ervinck also creates massive art installations, unique prints, drawings, and animated films. Having realizing quite some time ago that 3D printing gave him enormous, almost unlimited, freedom to create intricate geometries, Ervinck has exemplified this in his body of works. He is an award-winning artist and has been recognized for work in sculpture, visual arts, and more.
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