3D printing, like much digital technology, has the potential to expand our senses, turning the objects of our imagination into physical reality. However, at present, one of the main applications for hobbyists appears to be the more modest goal of making small plastic models of famous buildings from around the world (for example, a search of ‘3d printed Eiffel Tower’ yields 1.3 million results).
'Modern Wonder.' operates on the cusp between the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual’. 3D printing is a technology that takes the ‘virtual’ and makes it ‘physical’ while 'Modern Wonder.' effectively does the opposite, dragging this physical process back into the virtual world of simulation from which it came.