A Laser Cut Plane Crash By Mezzapelle And Deriu

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There is something especially frightening about Lara Mezzapelle and Giacomo Deriu‘s sculpture, Dirittura d’Arrivo.  The sculpture freezes the moment a plane rips in half, about to plunge from the sky.  All of the ensuing chaos – panicking passengers, flying luggage, mangled metal – is caught completely and eerily in white.  A fear of flying has been a common modern phobia.  However, as critic Olivia Spatola points out, a plane crash in a post 9/11 world reflects the more modern fear of a new kind of violence.  In a way Mezzapelle and Deriu capture this modern fear in their medium and process.  The sculpture is planned using 3D modeling software, and cut from nylon using prototyping lasers.

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  • christopher Lopez

    To me this seems incomplete. If you are going to all of the trouble to make a scale replica with very exquisite details then why not go the extra step and paint it meticulously with the same degree of precision.