3D scan of a work by Nicolas Sanhes

3D object scan

Untitled, 2014

255 x 460 x 320 cm – Square steel tube – H 180 cm – 2.5 tonnes

The style invented by Nicolas Sanhes has four aspects: the void as a force, the line as tension, time as a pulse and space as breathing.
These four components would never have worked without two principles being applied; that of analogy and that of resonance.

“True analogy is an identity of relationships and not a relationship of identity,” explains Gilbert Simondon.
The principle of resonance is an operation that can exist in matter and in the psyche.
It consists of establishing a relationship between two disparate dimensions of the same material or psychological entity.

Since 2005, Nicolas Sanhes’ works have been becoming what they are today, lines arranged by tensions pushed to the limit, embracing an interior void that structures and frames them.
They bring life to the void as the significant part of resonance, which unambiguously distinguishes and unites them.

scan 3d sculpture artiste © Nicolas SANHES – “D’AZUR et d’ACIER” exhibition in the garden of the Musée Soulages, Rodez, Summer 2016-3D object scan
initial 3d design © 3D object scan
the technical challenge

An extraordinary 3D photogrammetry scan

Initial scanned the monumental artwork in Nicolas Sanhes artist’s studio using a photogrammetry scanning method (3D scanning).

The challenge involved producing sets of drawings and a 3D model of the work, enabling the artist to retroactively obtain his own drawings for his engineering needs in order, for example, to examine the distortions of lines for even more monumental projects.

This 3D scanning operation subsequently led to reverse engineering and the generation of a CAD file.

the artist


Nicolas Sanhes was born on 10 September 1965 in Rodez. He attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Perpignan, where he discovered his first museum, the Musée de Céret. During his studies, he was soon drawn to the radical approaches of artists like Elsworth Kelly and Ad Reinhardt, who were pushing the internal contradictions of art to their limits.

Nicolas Sanhes
began producing increasingly large scale works.
The mastery of dimensions and technical constraints allowed him to complete his first public commissions for the cities of Trappes with IPt, in 2007, and Montélimar, the following year, with IPm.
Created in 2013 for the city of Valenciennes in “H” square tube, HV11 would be his most complex work to date.

sc © Nicolas Sanhes Facebook Photo.