We’ve had the great opportunity to work with Neil Harbisson, a cyborg with an implant in his head that allows him to hear color. Born without the ability to see color, Harbisson developed and embedded technology in his head that allows him to sense color as sound.
Here at Budmen Industries, anything’s possible, such as creating the world's first Cyborg Sculpture! These interactive, life-size busts of Neil contain the same cybernetic components that Neil has implanted into his skull. This technology allows the sculpture to "sense" a color and translate it into a sound.
Each Cyborg Sculpture starts with the 3D scan of Neil that we took a few years back. We take that scan and bring it to the Budmen Buildini, where it goes to work 3D printing his bust full size. After embedding the same cybernetic technology Neil uses, we meticulously faux finish the sculpture in aged bronze.
In total, there are three Budmen-made Neil Harbisson Cyborg Sculptures in the world. One sculpture is traveling the globe in the Human+ Exhibit, one is in the permanent collection at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, and the most recent is in the permanent collection in the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Germany.
Learn more about the process of creating these pieces on the Cyborg Sculpture Project Page
The Neil Harbisson Cyborg Sculpture showcased in the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Germany in their permanent A.I. collection.
On display at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. This interactive, life-size bust contains the same cybernetic components Neil Harbisson has implanted into his own skull. The cyborg sculpture in the back was also made by the Budmen Creative Studio and contains the same cybernetic components that cyborg artist Moon Ribas has embedded in her arm.
Neil discussing the Cyborg Sculpture in the Human+ Exhibit at the CCCB in Barcelona. Click to watch video.