Save Pangolins

Pangolins now are facing critical crisis as they are closing to extinct. In fact, humans are the murderers of this disaster, superstition and greed are the main reason to cause this massacre.
Pangolins, the mammals covered in tough and overlapping scales, are actually far from aggressive. Their scales provide good defense against predators in wild. However, they’re considered the world’s most hunted animal because people believe that the meat is prized for medicinal ingredient and the scales help curl impotence.
Nowadays, the numbers of pangolins are less and less, some people eat them only for the reason of showing their ostentatious wealth, what they do to these helpless animals is to make them approach to endangered. Although International trade in pangolins has been banned by CITES since 2000; and are listed them as ‘protected species’ in most Asian home states, scaly anteaters are still threaten with smuggling and poaching. Pangolins’ disappear would not be the result we expect to see, only when strictly implement of law enforcement on punishing these poachers and pangolin-eaters would effectively bring down the crisis of extinction. This is our latest chance to save pangolins, and please never make science predictions come true.

Pangolin is a really skillful and difficult work that I have spent a lot of time on it. It has been passed at least six editions before presenting to all of you. What I was trying to challenge is an artwork with both perfect appearance and function. It was a little struggle for me to share this work at the beginning since I’ve fallen in love with it when it’s first done and stood in front of me. At this moment, what I am wondering more is to let you firsthand it, holding and feeling the variation with actions. Enjoy and I believe you’ll like it.

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救救穿山甲

穿山甲正面臨迫切的危機,牠們正走在快速滅絕的道路上,人類是這場災難的兇手,迷信與貪婪是屠殺牠們的主要原因。

穿山甲是性情溫和的動物,全身佈滿鱗片,這些鱗片在野外有保護自己的作用,但卻也是牠們被獵殺的因素。因為迷信穿山甲的鱗片有醫療與壯陽的效用,導致穿山甲這無辜的動物,被人類瘋狂獵殺,加上野外的穿山甲越來越少,所以穿山甲成了昂貴的食物。有些人僅僅是為了炫富而食用穿山甲,這樣的行為也把穿山甲推上最後的滅絕之路。穿山甲雖然在多個國家地區禁止出口及貿易,但是走私與盜獵依然存在!逮捕並懲處這些盜獵者及食用者,落實執法才能真正解決穿山甲的危機。科學家認為亞洲的穿山甲,可能將於20年內滅絕,這絕不是我們想要的結果!現在就是解救穿山甲的最後機會,請別讓科學家的預言成真!

為了喚起人們對穿山甲所處危機的了解,我設計了這隻穿山甲,並於2017年2月在台灣資策會的贊助下,將檔案免費分享(僅限於個人,而非商業用途),目前這作品在全球下載次數,已經近二十萬次,這是我近年來最滿意的作品。

這個作品設計耗費很多的時間,難度很高!從開始到完成至少修改了6個版本,不停地推翻與重建,因為我在挑戰一個美與機能都兼具的作品。在造形上我不追求寫實,我想要的是精神上的寫實!所以當穿山甲遭遇危險時所捲曲的身體動態,才是我想表達的真實感!當然美感也是很重要的一環,只有機能而無美感,會讓成品如冷漠的機器,無法啟動人們的愛。

完成後的穿山甲身長約24公分(1:1列印),全身可以一體列印成型(四肢除外),全身17個關節在列印完成後,就可以自然轉動,這是模具生產所做不到的。列印時完全不用設定支撐,因為每一個面與角度都經過仔細思考,只希望能達到最佳化的列印。為了讓穿山甲能夠維持捲曲狀,設計了專屬的台座,並在台座上寫上我的呼籲: Save Pangolins ! 這樣的作品才能完整的表達我的感受。

當我完成這個作品時,也愛上了這個作品,雖然有些捨不得分享,但我期望朋友們能親自體驗我的感受,將牠握在手中,感覺牠的觸感、聲音與各種動態的變化,當你下載並列印這作品時,願你也能像我一樣愛上這個作品。

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