When technology meets art, the results can sometimes inadvertently produce something that not only entertains, but also offers a tool for real scientific study. Such is the case with a new project in which an artist figured out a way to create an accurate self-portrait of his own skeleton.
Dutch artist Caspar Berger wanted to virtually peel away the layers of his skin to reveal, in tangible form, a 100-percent accurate replica of his own skeleton. To accomplish this, Berger first had his body processed by a CT scanner, which gave him the 3D data he needed. He then took that data and used a 3D printer to fabricate silicone molds of his skull and upper arms. The resulting artificial bones are disturbingly realistic.
Now, for the first time in history, humans can essentially see and touch their own skeletons, a development that could point to a shift in how we see ourselves aesthetically. Berger's project could also suggest new way for doctors to examine patients when this process transcends art and inevitably catches on in the medical arena.
You can see a brief video of Berger's process in the video below.