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Cicada by HollowaySmith Feb 19, 2012
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There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many remain unclassified. So far 42 species that are found nowhere else in the world have been recorded in New Zealand.

Developed as part of the art project series "Ghosts in the form of gifts" commissioned by Massey University Wellington, New Zealand in 2009.

Project page: http://bronwyn.co.nz/projects/gifts/

The series won the 2010 Award for Open Source in the Arts (NZ)

Ghosts in the form of gifts is a series of objects that are replicas of artifacts imagined as lost, hidden or misregistered during the Museum of New Zealand’s tenure in the former Museum Building on Buckle St, now occupied by Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. The objects have been created through a process of drawing, digital 3D rendering, and finally printing with the RepRap.

The digital files for the artefacts are freely available for educational re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license

Search the tag "Ghosts in the form of gifts" for other objects in the series.

Credits: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and Rhys Dippie

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Lovely design. My insect-ophilic wife instantly asked me to print it for her. I like the layout of the print plate too; reminds me of 1970's airfix plastic aircraft kits, but without the sprues holding the pieces together.

Your whole "Gosts in the form of gifts" exhibition is a glorious thing. No
w that the Smithsonian is starting to laser-scan their collection, the possibilities are opening up dramatically. Still, the idea of printing imaginary objects - that might have been lost - is very compelling. There's a blog called Proponomicon which documents an underground movement of HP Lovecraft
enthusiasts who create 'relics' from Lovecraft's horror fiction. Amazing stuff.

Wow, thank you! I'd love to see a photo of your version :)

Yeah the Smithsonian thing sure is interesting. I was talking about it today on a radio interview about a new project I'm doing that's really similar to teh Gifts http://bronwyn.co.nz/projects/whisper-down-the-lane/http://bronwyn.co.nz/projects/...

I wonder what new exciting curatorial opportunities this will open up without the
barrier of archival concerns. Could make for some awesome placement experiments. I wonder to what extent they will make their files freely available - like NASA's commitment to the Public Domain.