Take a look at this creepy pixel sculpture created with Kinect

Using an Xbox Kinect for a full body scan, British artist Luke Jerram has created a pixel sculpture of his daughter, Maya, which is displayed on a train station platform in Bristol. From a distance, concerned passers-by may question the lone girl, but on approach, she distorts into large pixels formed by aluminium and stickers.

To create the effect, Jerram took a scan with his Kinect sensor, as well as photos and separate detailed facial scans, to create the 3D CAD model. He then printed out the pixels using aluminium sheets which are stacked on top of each other to form the sculpture. It was a detailed and lengthy process, and one that he describes in more detail on his site:

To make this artwork Maya was scanned using an Xbox kinect. Her head was scanned at the Machine Vision Laboratory (MVL) within the University of West of England. From there the body scan was then pixelated into cubes known as voxels. Then the model was created from precisely (waterjet) cut, sheets of aluminium.

For the colours, stickers were printed and then individually attached to the aluminium extrusions - a precise, monotonous and painstaking process in which we should hold the upmost respect that the artist didn't give up just moments into the task!

Simply titled 'Maya,' the instalment can be seen on Platform 1 of the Bristol Temple Meads train station for all those interested in visiting her.

Source: Luke Jerram via Polygon

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haters gonna hate.

Look at it this way: with all this technology, you can create anything you like. Is sculpting on a computer and 3d printing it, a lesser artform than doing it 'for real'?

I love these things, project well done.

You're missing out on some quality art then. Oh well. More enjoyment for the rest of us.

Ordinary sculptures are everywhere. Jerram had a fantastic, technology centred idea, and put in the time, effort and money to produce an incredible statue of his daughter. Displayed at the train station, it can mean so many things: the blurry boredom of waiting for a train or someone on it, the lack of detail each person has as they disappear into a an embarking crowd.

But that's just me. The beauty of art is not in what you see, but what you understand of it.

If all that's lost on you, then I'm sorry for your sad, boring little life.

What's sad are your assumptions and childishness. My family has several accomplished artists, so I've had the benefit of a little insight on a few things. This is a nice story and the work served it's purpose, which people like you helped push. Congrats.

I just went to the Art of the Brick, a lego art exhibit here in NYC yesterday and it was great. Some good reproductions and originals that I really like. The source material can have a very interesting effect, don't discount the use of new material