3D Printed Textscapes by Artist Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes by Hongtao Zhou

It was the Chinese who first invented the reproduction of text using woodblocks during the Tang Dynasty. Today Chinese Artist Hongtao Zhou brings the concept of printing text into the present by using 3D printing to generate letter-sized artworks that visually represent the subject matter of the text itself in his Textscapes.

Textscapes by Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes by artist Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes by Hongtao Zhou

In 3D printing, the additive process allowed Hongtao Zhou to create objects with the text instead of merely duplicating text flat on a page.

3D printed text

These documents make the reading process an interactive one. This series of work includes text variations of braille, language characters, calligraphy, glyphs and numerical systems to bridge the text and its visual appearance in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.

extruded type

3D printed text

3D printed extruded typography

New York:

Textscapes Hongtao Zhou

Artist Hongtao Zhou

3D printed textscapes


San Francisco:

extruded text 3D printer


Other examples in Asian Characters:

Other participating artists are WANG Hongliang, Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere, CHEN Chin Fang, ZHANG Xiaotong,

About the artist:
Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation.

Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China.He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) , visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) and an artist of re.riddle. Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery, Coordinator of Global Track and Executive Education programs, Campus Art Advisory Committee Member and Hawaii Woodguild Show Jury. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia. He has lectured at Peking University, Tsinghua University, MIT, China Central Academy of Fine Art and Tianjin Academy of Fine Art. Hongtao also served as the Faculty Resident Director of the Global Track program in Shanghai teaching Urban Design, Thesis and Architectural Installation courses to the Doctor of Architecture candidates from UHM and Tongji University.

Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou (permanent collection), Venice Biennale, Milan Triennial, Gwangju Design Biennale, National Museum of China, Milwaukee Art Museum, National Art Gallery of Bangladesh, Chazen Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published work and research in Interior Design, Domus, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily, Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post.

Hongtao is a winner of the Silver Medal at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Quebec, China National Art Fund, the First Place of Hawaii Woodshow, Madison Art Commission BLINK Grant, Artist of Hawaii Award, Violette Wong Hu Award, China Top Ten Prominent Youth Design Award Finalist by Dragon Design Foundation of China, Headlands Art Center Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award and the First Place Award of Design Emphasis, International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

Hongtau Zhou