The Watt Vase was conceived after Michael Eden visited the Science Museum in London and viewed a 3D-printed bust of James Watt. James Watt is synonymous with the steam engine, which became the chief power source of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Eden wondered how Watt would have employed modern technologies that makers, artists, and designers have today. The Watt Vase was created to bring these two worlds together, using classical references, a portrait of James Watt, 3D-printing, and a bespoke metalizing process.

The Watt Vase is positioned on the landing above the entrance hall of the mansion as a comparison to the Italian marble vase adjacent to it.

The Watt Vase, 2015
3D-Printed nylon with soft mineral coating

Michael Eden, b. 1955

On loan from Adrian Sassoon

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