3D-Printed Textscapes : Artist Hongtao Zhou created a new form of art where written texts are given a 3D-sculptural quality. The Chinese artist transformed texts about cities, such as those about New York and Shanghai, into skyscrapers and building sculptures reflecting the cityscape of those places.

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“Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures,” explained Zhou, “these documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people to read as knowledge as well as art.”

 Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

 Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

The audience of this art is very versatile since the work uses various “Braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the text and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters” as described by the artist. This new art form, the ‘textscape’, is a very innovative way to sculpturally reflect the subject of the text. The extrusion of letters at different heights engages the readers in a new and more interesting experience. Other artists including Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere, and Chin Fang also participated in this project.

 Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

Courtesy of Hongtao Zhou

By:Hongtao Zhou

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