World’s first AI-generated statue embodies styles of historical sculptors

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Credit: Cover Media via Reuters

AI is now transforming the field of sculpture.

Swedish engineers have created the world’s first statue honed by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Recently unveiled by the Swedish engineering team at Sandvik, The Impossible Statue represents a remarkable fusion of art and technology. 

Showcased at Tekniska Museet, Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology, this modern engineering masterpiece harnesses the collective styles of five legendary sculptors, Michelangelo, Rodin, Kollwitz, Kotaro, and Savage. 

Spanning continents and centuries, these visionary masters converge in a captivating stainless steel sculpture, bridging 500 years of sculpting into one modern piece. 

Weighing 500kg and towering at 150cm, the statue is the result of cutting-edge AI technology, advanced software solutions, and meticulous craftsmanship. 

To create an amalgamation of these artists’ characteristics, AI models were trained on works by the five creators, allowing them to merge the contrapposto of Michelangelo, the musculature of Rodin, the naturalism of Kollwitz, the movement of Kotaro, and the boldness of Savage. 

Simply put, engineers at Sandvik allowed the technology to cherry-pick the “most desirable attributes” of each sculptor’s works over the past five centuries before repeatedly generating drafts using image generators Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, and Midjourney. 

“Through the harmonious integration of Artificial Intelligence and engineering, we have successfully resurrected some of the greatest artists from bygone eras, breathing new life into their timeless artistry,” said Peter Skogh, Director at Tekniska Museet. 

The final piece comprises 9,000,000 polygons and 17 separate steel pieces. Even more impressively, the builders said the actual sculpture only differs 0.0012 inches from the original 3D model. (Cover Media via Reuters)

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