The Venus of Cupertino is a resin sculpture that functions as an IPAD holder and recharging station.
Designed by Scott Eaton, the Venus of Cupertino is a play on the Venus of Willendorf (and others), presumed to be fertility symbols dating back to 20,000+ BCE. Tied in with this may be other contemplative sculptures, such as Hugo Rheinhold’s Affe mit Schadel (Monkey with Skull), etc. and , perhaps, even Hamlet’s “Alas, poor Yorick!” monologue. Tied in with the present and future (Ipad) and past, the Venus of Cupertino contemplates the data of the millennia.
According to the designer, “The Venus of Cupertino is the first is a series of fine art docking stations for iPad, iPhone, and other devices. The aspiration is to merge art, sculpture and design, add a little sense of humour, occasionally a statement, and then create beautiful things. The Venus of Cupertino is a modern ‘fertility’ goddess, not based on the Roman goddess but the ancient figurines of the same name, the symbolism of this Venus is left to the viewer’s interpretation. Artistically, there are a number of contemporary influences that range from Fernando Botero to Lucian Freud, though she occupies her own space in this continuum. On a visual level the piece satisfyingly contrasts the rounded, organic forms of the Venus with the crisp, sharp edges, and every thinner designs of the ipad. ”
Mr. Eaton has additional plans in store: “The next products in the pipeline are a Venus of Cupertino iPhone edition, and then we start work on a couple ‘friends of Venus’.”
Mr. Eaton is a pretty interesting fellow. The bio below is taken verbatim from his website, but missing from this overview is his ability to use his knowledge and talent in many more pursuits, including education and his fascinating “Bodies in Motion” photography series, which includes over 30,000 images. A comparison to Eadweard Muybridge’s work is easily done- but this stuff is significantly different, with an emphasis not only on the movement but also artistic form and composition.
The Venus is available at UNICAHOME.COM for $199. Shipping late November, 2012.
Scott Eaton is an artist and designer residing in London, UK. His work combines traditional art techniques with modern digital tools. His background uniquely positions him to merge these fields – having studied both engineering and art as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He later received his master’s degree from the renowned MIT Media Lab and continued his art studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.
He is one of the pioneering artists in the emerging field of digital sculpture, which combines the power of computer graphics and digital tools with traditional sculptural techniques. He frequently gives talks on his tools & techniques including two recent talks at the Tate Modern Museum, London. When not working on his art and design projects, he applies his skills to character design, sculpting, and supervision on film projects. His recent film work includes Spielberg’s War Horse, Wrath of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Captain America, and Clash of the Titans.
Scott is currently dividing his time between his art & design projects, his online courses, and consulting. Clients include Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, Valve, Sony, Microsoft Game Studios, Ubisoft, Disney, and many other visual effects, animation and games studios.
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