End of Slack Road by Tania Kitchell

Black 3D printed sculpture of plant material
End of Slack Road
Tania Kitchell
United States
ABS plastic


Black 3D printed sculpture of plant material

Look for the accentuated geometry in the figures. Tania utilizes the black plastic in accentuated geometrical form to emphasize the exotic nature of the figures.

Close up of black 3D printed sculpture of plant material
Single Color

Notice how Tania utilizes the color black in her work; there are no other colors on this piece. She utilizes the black color and the accentuated form so that the objects will stand out as “displaced specimens” compared to the rest of the objects in a museum art gallery.

Close up of 3D printed sculpture of plant material that looks like grass
Lines and Texture

This object also has very distinct lines and texture. The lines show the elongated form of the tall plants. The texture of the grass shows the detail that was put in to the creation of this work.

Black 3D printed sculpture of plant material

Pay attention to the size of this object. How does it compare to the other artworks in the room? How does its size compare to other artworks you have seen before?


What is it? 

This object is a 3D plastic figure of a representation of grass and tree-like plants. The plants from this object are made from ABS plastic that was formed using 3D printing technology.

Who made it? 

Tania Kitchell. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Toronto-based multimedia artist, Tania Kitchell, created this artwork in order to engage in an ongoing exploration of our relationship to nature. This work is from Tania’s Facing North series, which includes various other sculptures that represent plant life. Tania’s artistic practice also extends to other mediums like photography and sculpture.

How is it made? 

A 3D printer at work! This printing head is creating a 3D purple plastic form by melting thin strands of ABS plastic. CC image by Jonathan Juursema from Wikimedia Commons.

Tania begins by sketching and taking photos of her subject. Then she uses 3D modeling software and 3D printing technology to form an actual object. The 3D printing process involves the layering of printed images onto other layers to eventually create a 3D object. The process of layering over and over again transforms a one-dimensional image into a multi-dimensional object.

What inspired it?

Tania was inspired to make her Facing North series by looking at a lake area of South Eastern Ontario, an area where the forests of Eastern North America intersect. Tania is interested in the ways that plant life adapts to changing environments. As a result of this interest, the plant life that she creates takes on “alien-like” qualities, especially compared to other artworks in a gallery.


  • Describe what you see when you look at this artwork.
  • Imagine that you could shrink down to fit into this artwork. Describe how you think it would feel to be inside this artwork?
  • How is this figure different then the grasses and plants you find in your neighborhood?
  • Where would you imagine something like this would grow or be found?