Ship the 3D voice sculpture “OBAMA Next Industrial Revolution” from France to New-York for the 3DPrintShow and present it to president Obama


The project

Help us ship the 3D voice sculpture “OBAMA Next Industrial Revolution” from France to New-York to present it at president Obama at the 3DPrintShow.








The artistic work





This work is a physical representation in 3D of Obama's voice.


The  Sculpteur de Voix (Voice Sculptor) Gilles Azzaro designed and created a 3D sculpture of the spectrogram of the voice of the president of the USA Barack Obama during his State Of The Union speech the 12th februrary 2013 at Washington DC.



The sculpture is interactive: a presence sensor starts the animation. A green laser moves along the 3D print and reads the audio speech.



This project is about printing the invisible.

It makes concrete the thoughts and speech of the president, using cutting-edge technology 3D printing.



This speech from Barack Obama (text or video) is the first to praise the 3D printing technology and FabLabs,  small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication. For him, they represent the future of the industry in America, the « next industrial revolution ».  



His speech about 3D printing is now real and rendered as a 3D sculpture.

Help us close the loop, and présent him this work, one year day for day after the initial speech.




Selected to be exposed at the 3DPrint Show


This work has been selected to be part of the 3DPrintShow at New-York, from 13th to 15th february,


The funds of the campaign will be used to ship the 3D sculpture, and logistics and setup costs.






Gilles Azzaro started the design the very next day after Obama's speech.


350 hours of 3D printing has been put into “OBAMA - Next Industrial Revolution”.


Its size is 4.9 foots (1.52 meters).


This project is possible with the connections and people from the FabLab Artilect in Toulouse, France.  


The sculpture was printed with a 3D printer set-up by the artist himself. The base and cover of the work was created in partnership with the designer Patrick Sarran


See more about the work on this page.





The artist



Gilles Azzaro is a “Sculpteur de Voix” (voice sculptor). He works mainly with voices, their audio reproduction in 3D, using cutting edge technologies.


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Twitter account: @vicivoce


Press Review


Here is a few of the journalists who spoke about the 3D voice sculptor, all over the world:


Wired 3d_natives 3tinte  4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


It's only a selection, see more on this album.


Why fund it?

We need you to help make possible the shipping of this work from France to USA.


The shipping can only be done by a specialist company, and is very expensive.


To "see" a voice is something that has never been done before. It does push the limits, and confirms the vision and what is at stakes in Obama's speech.


To fund the shipping of the voice sculpture “OBAMA - Next Industrial Revolution” is a way to promote the value of sharing and a promote a society looking to the future : the work and the speech are strong symbols for the fans of 3D printing and members of FabLabs.




We need 6000 € ($ 8.100) for:


- the shipping of the work by a specialized company, with insurance and taxes. This costs 4000 € ($ 5.400)


- the purchase, 3D printing (not counting time spent by the artist) + expedition costs : 2000 € ($ 2730)






If the project is funded at more than 100%, we will also finance:


2 planes tickets (for the artist Gilles Azzaro and his assistant required for the installation) : 900 € ($ 1.230)


- 1 hotel room for 5 nights :  1100 € ($ 1.500)



Help the France be part of the next industrial revolution by being at the 3DPrintShow!

Thank you for your support and please help us by sharing this project with your friends and family!


Gilles Azzaro est un artiste Sculpteur de Voix. Il travaille avec les nouvelles technologies pour représenter en 3D l'imperceptible et l'invisible.

Newest comments

Salut mon vieux Pot ! A 2 jours de la fin de la collecte, tu as collecté 27% et j'aurais aimé donner plus pour combler les 73% manquants... Il ne faut pas désespérer. Tu as fait un Grand chemin grâce à ton génie et ton Grand coeur. Il est évident que tu mérites de rencontrer un Grand homme. Il y a forcement un Grand donneur quelque part !? Tu sais que je suis toujours prêt à te donner bien plus que de l'argent :) Ton vieil Ami, Philippe.
Je souhaite vivement que tu fasses le bisou à Barack de ma part ! mais surtout que tu puisses lui exposer ton oeuvre en live... il va adorer ! bonne chance mon Gilou gros bisous
Bon Voyage!