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Toro – El Señor Aalto – receives tenure in Dipoli 

The concrete bull was gifted to Aalto University management on Friday 6 March by Jouni Punkki, who serves as a professor of practice in the field of concrete technology. 
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Betoni–Concrete, the joint exhibition hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, concluded in the end of March. A blue concrete bull named Toro – El Señor Aalto, one of the pieces on display, now resides in Dipoli as a symbol of the multidisciplinary material and concrete research. 

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Jouni Punkki (left), Toro – El Señor Aalto and President Ilkka Niemelä.

The blue bull was created through a process that combines digital technology with manual craft. The bull’s model as well as its casting mould were designed primarily with digital tools. The final casting mould was 3D printed. After casting of concrete, the sculpture was manually ground and polished.

‘Concrete can be cast into nearly any shape, and there is much unrealised potential in this area. Concrete can be fashioned into multiform structures and surfaces with the help of 3D design a 3D printing,’ says Jouni Punkki

The blue bull was created through a process that combines digital technology with manual craft. The bull’s model as well as its casting mould were designed primarily with digital tools. The final casting mould was 3D printed. 

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