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Featured Project: Artist’s EFI VUTEk-printed Artwork Installed at Royal Ontario Museum

EFI's technology brings out the vivid colors in the artist's photography.

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A photo by artist Robert Young that was enlarged and printed on textile using an EFI VUTEk printer was recently installed for a spcial exhibt at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

The piece is a 14′ x 10′ portrait of a Canadian woman with her nation’s flag painted onto her face. It is part of his “YOUNG WORLD FACES” collection, and was printed with a 3.4-meter-wide EFI VUTEk FabriVU soft signage printer, using the company’s aqueous dye sublimation inks. The image employed a white background, instead of black-and was printed on a single-sided polyester textile made for backlit applications. The printer uses technology from Reggiani, the Italian printer company that EFI acquired in 2015.

“When the installation went in, I was working on a project in Anguilla, and I’m a Canadian American with Jamaican roots, working with EFI, an American company with Italian textile printing technology that has printed this beautiful work that was originally captured in Canada. And then the work went back to Canada for display in one of Canada’s greatest museums. It’s a great example of how ‘YOUNG WORLD FACES’ brings the world together,” says Young.

Young’s artwork was displayed in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court as part of the museum’s Canada 150 festival programs.

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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