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Anatomica di Revolutis
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Anatomica di Revolutis
Joshua Harker returns to Kickstarter with a three-piece hanging sculpture
by Josh Rubin
on 13 November 2012

The last time Joshua Harker took to Kickstarter, the 3D-printing artist broke records—his "Crania Anatomica" became the most funded sculptural project in the history of the platform. His second project, "Anatomica di Revolutis" (roughly, "Anatomy of a Revolution"), is a three-piece hanging sculpture that expands on past themes. The centerpiece of this work is the "Crania Anatomica," a miniature of which we sent to subscribers earlier this year as part of our involvement with Quarterly Co. The skull is a dazzling filigree that represents to Harker the end of an age and the beginning of what he calls the third industrial revolution.

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Beneath the skull, a pair of wings hang in an homage to the phoenix. Made from 75 mechanical pieces, the wings are mobilized by pulling a dangling chain. At the bottom of the chain hangs a pyramid that shows an eye, a mouth and an ear on each side—a reference to the Japanese maxim "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." Each body part is mobilized by toggling a crossed heart that hangs below the pyramid.

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The work of art is meant to symbolize the new state of information and manufacturing, one in which crowd funding, 3D printing and shared software combine to create a democratic, international economic model. Currently, you can pledge $550 to receive the full set (or less to receive individual pieces). And don't worry about unfulfilled incentives—Harker had a perfect track record with his last set, delivering rewards to all 955 backers in an eight week period.

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