Artem Case Studies

PruHealth Swimmer Icon World

David Jiggens, from Icon World, said of working with Artem: “I have worked with Simon and Artem over many years and they are always the first 'go to guys' when we have challenging and interesting model creating projects.  Once we have the concept it is always reassuring to involve them at the earliest possible stage to get their involvement on working out the practicalities of achieving the concept and then manufacturing it into reality. Timescales are always tight, but if it can be done, Simon and Artem get it done.”

Artem was recently commissioned by Icon World to build a giant floating sculpture of a swimmer to launch the 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final. Jessica Ennis-Hill unveiled the sculpture on London’s Serpentine to launch the event.

The sculpture, weighing 300kgs, is three metres high and seven metres long, and took a team of eight people to build using a combination of traditional techniques and computer driven robotics.  Artem’s in-house KUKA robot arm was able to produce the swimmer from 3D digital artwork.  

Using this technique, the Artem team was able to machine the figure from giant blocks of polystyrene in several sections which fitted together perfectly before being surfaced and painted. Project leader Simon Tayler commented: “The terrific advantage of this process is that it guarantees 100% fidelity to the original information, so what you see in the pre-visualisation is what you get.”  

Installation on the lake took four men, two motor boats, a Hiab crane and three hours!  The swimmer was balanced in the water by a strategically weighted undercarriage, and once in position on the Serpentine it was anchored to the bed by four concrete blocks.  The team managed to create and complete the swimmer in three weeks from start to finish.

Watch it being assembled here.

We have since gone on to make a giant runner for PruHealth as well.

  • CNC Machining & 3D printing
  • Live Events
  • Models & Miniatures
  • Props
  • Sculpture
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