Italian Carrara Art Marble Robotics

Monday 12th July, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*An interesting local robotics angle in the New York Times article here.

By Emma Bubola
July 11, 2021

CARRARA, Italy — For centuries, the massive marble quarries above the Tuscan town of Carrara have yielded the raw material for the polished masterpieces of Italian sculptors like Michelangelo, Canova, Bernini and, most recently, ABB2.

Carving with pinpoint precision, and at least some of the artistic flair of its more celebrated (and human) predecessors, ABB2, a 13-foot, zinc-alloy robotic arm, extended its spinning wrist and diamond-coated finger toward a gleaming piece of white marble….