3D printed art pieces created by Denver-based artist Kristin Stransky have been stolen from Colorado State University’s Electronic Art Gallery.
Back in June, Denver-based new media artist Kristin Stransky opened the “Body Language” exhibit at Colorado State University’s Electronic Art Gallery. The show featured eight different 3D printed wearables, including the impressively complex and dainty FabLinks dress.
Later that month, Stransky received horrible news that would demoralize any artist: almost all of her work had vanished without a trace. Six of her eight pieces had been stolen from the CSU galley, while the the other two were vandalized and left behind.
Art Heist: 3D Printed Wearable Art Vanishes From CSU Gallery
The missing 3D printed wearables include a necklace, a wearable that responds to movement with LED light, and as well as her intricate FabLinks dress.
CSU has estimated the stolen lot to be worth around $5,000, but Stransky believes the stolen art held a commercial value of closer to $7,000. Additionally, the new media artist planned to showcase the FabLinks dress in October’s ArtWear fashion show at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.
The Denver-based artist is unable to make sense of the recent thievery, stating that she’s not a big name artist and has never seen such a large amount of artwork go missing before. Stransky thought her exhibit was being kept behind locked doors, allowing visitors to see her work through the gallery’s large windows.
The key to access the CSU Electronic Art Gallery went missing along with the 3D printed artwork, but it’s unknown whether there’s video surveillance or not. Although the university acknowledged that the theft had taken place, since the case is currently under investigation, no more information has been released as of yet.
At the end of the day, Stransky’s primary wish is to get the artwork she spent two years creating back in her possession. “I really just want my work back. If it’s not in perfect condition, I really don’t care. It’s just a huge waste of time, energy, resources,” she says.
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