Crania Anatomica Filigre Skull (small)

by JoshuaHarker
  • White

    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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The little filigree 3d printed skull that became the #1 most funded Sculpture project in Kickstarter history & an icon of the 3D printed medium. The piece marks the 1st application of Joshua’s surrealist automatism technique to representational form. It gives a new identity to the shape & invites the viewer to discover the form through the gentle visual lead of the pattern. This has been an exploration in how 2D images & designs can change the interpretation of 3D form & geometry. Representing the passing of an era & the ever growing renewal over the ghost of the past, the skull symbolized the end of Joshua’s commitment to traditional means of making & selling art while the filigree pattern represents the creative exploration of a new medium & ways to share his work.


IN: 2.62 w x 3.457 d x 3.5 h
CM: 6.654 w x 8.782 d x 8.89 h


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February 6, 2014, 1:37 am
Were you aware that this company in China is using your image? I hope they aren't selling your art! :(
December 11, 2013, 4:59 pm
Awesome details!
November 13, 2013, 2:58 am
Amazing detail!!!
July 31, 2013, 11:08 pm
@JoshuaHarker the Crania Anatomica Filigre has a home in the NYC Shapeways HQ! Check out our Friday Finds post from last week!
June 17, 2013, 6:25 pm
Nice work, congratulations!
May 17, 2013, 8:58 pm
February 5, 2013, 5:35 pm
@bartv ahhh... at last, the mind blowing design feature is working!
January 18, 2013, 6:53 pm
It watches over me while I'm at work here at Shapeways, and blows every single visitor's mind!
January 18, 2013, 9:30 am
@duann yay!
December 28, 2012, 5:05 pm
Nice work, your design is also in the top ten most viewed 3D printed designs of 2012!!!
December 28, 2012, 4:37 pm
Congrats, your design is in the top 10 most favorited designs of 2012.
December 28, 2012, 3:33 pm
many thanks!
November 29, 2012, 4:35 pm
Congratulations! It looks awesome!
November 29, 2012, 2:54 pm
thanks for the kind words! see here for the "mini" & "mandibles" versions which are the same design but smaller & cheaper:
November 15, 2012, 11:50 pm
Without a doubt the most fascinating thing on Shapeways. My pockets, unfortunately, are just not deep enough.
November 15, 2012, 11:05 pm
Not to send you away from my Shapewasy shop but I do offer various limited edition & hand painted versions of this piece through my webstore @ They come with handmade wooden collector's boxes & certificates of authenticity. I do not offer them here because I am unable to provide the extras or control quantity sold. The geometry does not lend itself to printing in the metals offered by Shapeways but I am just recently setting up for a lifesize or larger cast bronze edition. Contact me directly if you have interest or questions at ""...THANKS!
November 8, 2012, 10:14 pm
I love this and will order. I agree it's art and would love to see it in more expensive material, maybe in a signed or marked edition?
November 8, 2012, 8:06 pm
thank you!
September 26, 2012, 3:56 pm
ordered...this is art
September 26, 2012, 3:19 pm
September 13, 2012, 12:59 pm
cool! I love it
August 23, 2012, 4:03 am
good, perfect job!!!!
August 11, 2012, 9:50 pm
I saw these in a shop in soho nyc, i have to say they caught my eye out of the whole display
July 29, 2012, 10:47 pm
A new artist generation !
July 29, 2012, 3:00 pm
June 5, 2012, 2:07 pm
May 9, 2012, 8:50 pm
Love it! Just totally love how beautiful and elegant the cut-out patterns are. It is such an interesting intersection between the morbidity of death and the delicate and fluid beauty of the swirls...
May 5, 2012, 7:51 pm
One of the coolest sculptures I've seen in a long time! Great job.
March 29, 2012, 3:38 pm
Now available as necklace pendant in in silver. ..check my shop. The card suits kind of designed themselves into the piece. The heart & diamond occurred naturally so I went with it & added the other 2.
March 15, 2012, 3:05 pm
Very nice! But why the card suits on the skull?
March 13, 2012, 9:47 pm
need to make that into a necklace!
March 11, 2012, 2:19 am
very cool! good job!
March 10, 2012, 9:46 pm
This is seriously amazing.
March 9, 2012, 9:10 pm


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