A childhood love of cinema brought one UCF professor all the way to Paris — and beyond.

But it wasn’t film that landed Ryan Buyssens, an assistant professor at the School of Visual Arts and Design, a mere stones’ throw from the Louvre. It was sculpture.

Buyssens’ work stands at the intersection of modern technology and time-honored technique. By utilizing a combination of 3-D printing and computer-assisted design, Buyssens was able to bring the motion he so loved in film into the world of sculpture.

“Movement and time and change are always part of my work. I was fascinated by film as a child, by how things on the screen were always in motion. My goal was to create a piece that was fluid and as close to a bird’s movement as possible while still maintaining an element of craft: It looks like a bird, but it’s definitely not a bird,” Buyssens said.

He’s referring to his installation “Resistance,” a set of long aluminum rods tipped by handcrafted wings that flap whenever a viewer approaches. It was “Resistance” that caught the attention of the 3D Printshow, a traveling exhibition that showcases the latest advances in 3-D printing from around the world. The show invited Buyssens to its October show at the Carrousel Du Louvre, an underground shopping mall and event space adjacent to the world-renowned museum.

“At the Louvre, it was just incredible walking through the space and where the 3D Printshow was being exhibited,” said Molly Reilly, an SVAD lecturer who accompanied Buyssens to Paris. “Having the juxtaposition of that ancient history in the architecture and the museum, and having this new technology being exhibited and discussed and promoted was pretty awesome.”

But Buyssens isn’t the only fine artist at UCF using 3-D printing to realize his craft. Scott F. Hall, an associate professor at SVAD, recently debuted a set of 3-D printed musical instruments at the UCF Art Gallery.

Hall said that while 3-D printing was quick to capture the public’s imagination, it was still necessary for an artist to demonstrate craft if he wished to have his work recognized.

“In the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century, the public was just crazy about 3-D animation,” Hall said in an email. “It’s quite obvious here in 2015 that there has been a strong shift. These days, they’re simply mad about 3-D printing (a direct offshoot of 3-D animation, by the way). In every case, though, the work has got to be spectacular.”


UCF professor Ryan Buyssens created this moving sculpture by utilizing a combination of 3-D printing and computer-assisted design. Courtesy Ryan Buyssens

And clearly it was been — Buyssens is scheduled to exhibit his work at the 3D Printshow in Dubai next December.


Bernard Wilchusky is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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