Stūpas, originally large earth mounds containing Buddhist relics, are common to all forms of Buddhism and were built and venerated for more than 2000 years all over Asia. They also were miniaturized for various devotional purposes, and used in rituals or as reliquaries.
Prizes will be awarded for the best designs of a 3D printable miniature stūpa. The function of the stūpa is to serve as container for a small (2-5 mm) silicon pellet. (The pellet contains the Chinese version of the Diamond Sūtra, a Buddhist text, encoded in synthetic DNA.) The miniature stūpa must be able to open and close (to deposit the pellet), be reproducible on printers available at Temple University, and should not exceed a volume of c. 12cm*12cm*15cm. Multiple parts are possible, perhaps necessary, but the stūpa should be reproducible with minimal post-printing finish. I.e removing supports, polishing, and gluing of printed parts is acceptable; painting, glazing, or applying non-printed parts are not. Team submissions are allowed. Research in the history of form and function of traditional miniature stūpas is encouraged.
2. and 3. Prize: $200 each
– Sample: one printed sample stūpa
– Model: one .obj and the .stl file derived from it to print the sample
– Essay: 2-5 page essay on the design principles of your stūpa, assembly instructions etc.
Successful participants will be notified in late November 2020.
Mei-chun Liu (North Carolina State University)
Pia Brancaccio (Drexel University)
David Ross (TU Libraries)
Marcus Bingenheimer (TU College of Liberal Arts & TU Libraries)