Incredible Virtual Sculptures Show the Power of Public Art

By Jessica Stewart on December 21, 2018


Artist Ken Kelleher combines his training as a sculptor with his prowess in UX design to create hyperrealistic projections of public sculpture. Kelleher allows his imagination to run free, placing contemporary sculptures everywhere from Venice’s busy St. Mark’s Square to minimalist interiors. Working with different series, Kelleher churns out three-dimensional renderings that give potential clients a look at the artwork that could decorate any given environment.



공공 예술의 힘을 보여주는 놀라운 초현실적 조각 작품들

  아티스트 켄 켈러는 조각가로서의 그의 훈련과 UX 디자인에서의 그의 기량을 결합하여 공공 조각의 초현실적인 모습을 창조한다. 켈러는 그의 상상력을 자유롭게 풀어나가 베니스의 분주한 성 마크 광장에서 미니멀리스트 인테리어에 이르기까지 현대 조각품들을 어디에나 놓아둘 수 있게 해준다. 다른 시리즈로 작업하면서, 켈러는 잠재 고객들에게 주어진 환경을 꾸밀 수 있는 예술작품을 볼 수 있는 3차원 작품을 선보인다.

켈러의 대형 조각에 대한 사랑은 그가 9m 높이의 조각을 착안한 미술학교에서 시작되었는데 이로 인해 이 학교는 학생들이 만들어낼 수 있는 크기를 제한하게 되었다. 가상 세계에서, 그는 그의 예술적인 비전이 어떻게 어떤 환경에도 결합되는지 빠르게 실험할 수 있다. 그 결과는 매우 효과적이어서 우리가 완전히 실현된 물리적인 조각들을 보고 있지 않다는 것을 종종 믿기 어렵다

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Kelleher’s love affair with large-scale sculpture started when he was in art school, where he developed pieces up to 30 feet tall, causing the school to put a limit on the dimensions students could produce. In the virtual world, he’s able to experiment quickly and see how his artistic vision blends into any environment. The results are so effective that it’s often difficult to believe we’re not looking at fully realized, physical sculptures.

For Kelleher, working this way allows his artistic production to keep up with his creative ideas. Rather than spending five to ten years on the production of a single piece, technology allows him to accelerate the entire process.

“If you think about it, making art in this way is disruptive. It disrupts art in a similar way that, say, Airbnb disrupted hospitality, or Uber disrupted transportation,” Kelleher shares with My Modern Met. “Technology exists today which didn’t before, and like all new tools, when artists use new tools and technologies, new paths are created and innovation thrives. We’re in a culture today of innovation, and all around you can see how artists reflect that and extend on it. In addition to using my models to make fabricated pieces, they can also be extended into new mediums and new venues. I can project them as holograms during an art event, they can be used in AR, they can be printed, cast in bronze, or printed on archival paper.”

By opening the doors and embracing this new technology, Kelleher simply expands his possibilities as an artist. His public sculptures, in their virtual form, allow Kelleher to push the limits of what’s possible and open the imagination of the public. When not in front of the computer, the artist still produces sculptures in his studio. In this way, the virtual work simply enhances his physical production, rather than detracting from it.

Now that these renderings have provoked such a positive public response, Kelleher has been invited to submit proposals for public sculptures in Italy and Portugal. He’s also turned in proposals for a piece at Oman’s airport and has been invited by Nike to produce an Augmented Reality installation for an upcoming event. Slowly but surely, Kelleher is merging his virtual and physical worlds.

Sculptor Ken Kelleher creates incredibly realistic, thought-provoking renderings of public sculptures.

Ken Kelleher Public Sculpture Renderings

Ken Kelleher Public Sculpture Renderings

Ken Kelleher Public Sculpture Renderings

Ken Kelleher Public Sculpture Renderings

Ken Kelleher Sculptor

“I really want people to be inspired. Inspired to make things themselves. Inspired to explore. Inspired to follow their dream and passion.”

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My Modern Met granted permissions to use photos by Ken Kelleher.


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