Dear_Tony (2013) is an unauthorized, distributed retrospective of the public sculptures of Tony Smith by Christian de Vietri and A.E. Benenson.
Addressed as much to the deceased sculptor and his practice as our contemporary audience, Dear_Tony rethinks the artist’s historic investigations into modular construction, phenomenology, and public space within the contexts of digital fabrication, interactivity, and networked communication. At the same time, Dear_Tony is a means to reflect on the form of the retrospective and how its requirements may be adapted to contemporary conditions of viewership.
Dear_Tony consists of a digital sculpture by Christian de Vietri, which is composed of extractable models of every Tony Smith public sculpture, and is archived in several 3D file formats (.stl, .obj, .3ds); photographic documentation of a 3D printed version of de Vietri’s sculpture; as well as a text by A.E. Benenson on the public disposition of Smith’s sculptures in contemporary digital culture.
All the files in the retrospective are considered open-source and can be experienced, edited, and shared by anyone.
Dear_Tony is available in several different formats on multiple digital platforms: as a 3D printable file with documentation on Shapeways and as a downloadable package of files available as a Torrent on PirateBay and for direct download