Boccioni's lost sculptures recreated and printed

Boccioni's lost sculptures recreated and printed  

New Member

Hi everybody,


To my knowledge this is the first project ever to reconstruct lost sculptures in full from historical photographs, then have them 3D printed.

Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni created one of the most iconic modern sculptures, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, in 1913. He preceded it with three similar striding sculptures, all of which were tragically destroyed in 1927. All that remains are some 30 historical photographs, but loading these into ZBrush image planes made it possible to trace the sculpture contours and details, and eventually reconstruct an estimated 90% of the original plasters. These were on display at Estorick Museum in London September- December 2019 ( ). They were printed in 1:4 scale on a Prusa i3 MK2S using ivory PLA filament (0,15 mm layer height).

The sculptures are:


  • Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Movement
  • Speeding Muscles
  • Empty and Full Abstracts of a Head
  • Synthesis of Human Dynamism


Anders Rådén & Matt Smith


Boccioni's recreated sculptures

Posted : 12/04/2020 1:00 am
Prominent Member

Wow. Those look like an absolute bear to support for printing. Kudos on clean looking prints with all those edges and overhangs.

See my (limited) designs on:
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Posted : 12/04/2020 2:34 am
robsdad liked
New Member

I love Umberto Bocconi. Wonderfull job that give a next level to the 3d printing. Compliments 👏

Posted : 23/05/2020 8:19 am
New Member

I'm glad you like it! More in-depth information about the project is available at

Posted : 23/05/2020 8:31 am
Trusted Member

Whow, I simply lack the words to praise this project enough.

It is stunningly beautiful and I dare say an extremely important contribution to art history. The techniques that you are developing will allow us to experience art works that have either been lost or destroyed by acts of barbarism especially during the dark years of authoritarian rule all across Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

Thank you very much!

Posted : 03/06/2020 12:18 am

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