World’s largest 3D-printed statue honouring women in construction unveiled at Conexpo-Con/Agg

conexpoA 3D-printed statue of a female construction worker was unveiled at ConExpo-Con/Agg

The statue aims to represent the growing role women play in the construction industry.

According to ConExpo-Con/Agg organisers, the statue is the world’s largest 3D printed statue of a person. Mounted on a 10-ft base, the statue stands an additional 19 ft high, with her feet placed 10 ft apart. Designed by Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based 3D artist Anna Benjamin, it was printed by White Clouds in Ogden, Utah, over the course of two months. The statue took almost 400 hours to design, Benjamin says.

“As North America’s largest construction trade show, we recognise the important and growing role women play in our industry, and we’re so proud to unveil this statue to symbolically represent the women who work hard every day to build our world,” said ConExpo-Con/Agg show director Dana Wuesthoff.

This statue joins two other statues depicting male construction workers that have been featured at the show since the 1990s.

“We’re so happy with how this project came together and proud of everything that it represents,” Wuesthoff says. “We’re looking forward to seeing how women continue to become more visible in the construction industry and learn about the great careers the industry has to offer to both women and men.”

“In creating the statue design, we took into consideration how a woman would look on a construction site and making sure we conveyed her power, pride and strength for the work she does,” said artist Anna Benjamin.

Benjamin said she put in almost 400 hours’ worth of work into the design, which is the first statue she has ever created. Benjamin primarily does 3D texture for digital characters, including video game characters and 3D models for television and movie projects.

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