You've all heard the story of Kaspar and this sculpture presents a paradox.
One the one hand this sculpture has been crafted by some of the most advanced technologies known to humankind. 3D printing, spacial scanning, massive processing power, 3D graphics, advanced chemistry and complex mathematics. It is a sculpture created both by hand and by super science. I mean this literally.
And yet, science by its very nature is an antidote to superstition.
As a mathematical artist, when I got this commission, I was left trying to represent the concept of magic (superstition) with the very tools that undermine it. I turned to google and hunted for academic papers on superstition, finally coming across an academic called Stuart A. Vyse, University of Coniticut.