Designating oneself as an organ donor is a familiar concept, but few people consider the prospect of donating their face to someone in need of a transplant. There’s a difficult aspect the families of potential donors must consider: How is their loved one returned to them? Previously, the solution was a silicone mask. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez thought something better could be provided. NYU LaGuardia Studio was determined to provide it for him.
NYU’s LaGuardia Studio was recently featured in a New York Times article for their work with Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS and the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hansjӧrg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery and Face Transplant Program. LGS staff have been involved with 3D scanning and printing incredibly detailed, lifelike masks for face transplant donors.
Bjork has long been interested in the intersection of technology and nature. In June of 2016, Bjork appeared onstage at the Tokyo Miraikan Museum wearing a mask designed and printed by professor Neri Oxman at MIT’s Mediated Matter Lab based on 3D scans of Bjork done at NYU’s LaGuardia Studio.