The Profilograph: A Rotating Device that Creates Continuously Morphing Profiles

The Profilograph: A Rotating Device that Creates Continuously Morphing Profiles shadows device

The Profilograph: A Rotating Device that Creates Continuously Morphing Profiles shadows device

The Profilograph is a bizarre device created by Chicago artist Pablo Garcia based on a series of four books written in 1528 by German artist Albrecht Dürer that examine the geometry of the male profile through carefully documented illustrations. The device transforms a series of Dürer’s drawings into a contiguous 3D extrusion that rotates on a circular spindle causing a shadow that morphs between each profile. The machine was designed in 2008 for an exhibition at the University of Michigan. You can learn more about the Profilograph here, and if you liked this also check out Kumi Yamashita’s origami profiles. (via vimeo)