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“What does a group por­trait look like in the age of 3-D print­ing?” won­ders Van­cou­ver-based mixed-media artist Dou­glas Cou­p­land. The artist is in Que­bec City un­veil­ing his new 3-D art pro­ject in col­lab­o­ra­tion with La Mai­son Si­mons, the 175-yearold Que­bec-based depart­ment store. Be­tween 2015 and 2017, Cou­p­land will scan 500 peo­ple in Si­mons stores across Canada. The “scan­ners” will be given a 3-D plas­tic bust of them­selves, while the data will be stored for Cou­p­land to use to cre­ate a “21st-cen­tury por­trait of Canada”( cov­ered in gold leaf) that will be in­stalled at the grand open­ing of Si­mons York­dale in Toronto in 2019. “It’s not pho­tog­ra­phy, it’s not sculp­ture—it’s this weird thing that’s in be­tween,” says Cou­p­land. The pro­ject is also about in­ves­ti­gat­ing another ques­tion that Cou­p­land has been ask­ing him­self re­cently: “If you were to open the door and look at the In­ter­net, what would it look like?” The artist in­sists that it’s not all raw data, cat memes and gifs; it’s about “real ma­te­ri­al­iza­tion.” With the aid of 3-D print­ing, the In­ter­net—once a space in which many ques­tioned what was real—will come to life all around us. “I think that by 2019, Crest will be print­ing out their tooth­paste caps [us­ing 3-D print­ers]. So on one level it will be that bor­ing, but I think on another level it will be a new age of 3-D cre­ativ­ity, which will be re­ally ex­cit­ing. It’s so great be­ing in 2015; I love it!” n

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