Meet the artist who captured President Obama's voice in 3D

US President Barack Obama with the 3D printout sculpture of his own voice
US President Barack Obama with the 3D printout sculpture of his own voice, which was created by Gilles Azzaro

A Frenchman who made a 3D sculpture of Barack Obama's voice in one of France's 20 free-access laboratories was invited to the White House to present his work to the president. Jane Hanks talks to Gilles Azzaro

Why are you fascinated by the human voice?
Ever since I was a boy I knew I wanted to show what a voice was in some way. I have always felt that it was strange that this part of us could never be seen in a tangible way.

When I was five I was on my own in the kitchen and I created my first experiment to give shape and substance to my voice. I took some cocoa powder, threw it in the air and shouted very loud to see what patterns I could make. Of course my mother was not very pleased and it took a long time to clean it up!

Later I often put my hand in front of my mouth when I spoke, not because I was shy as people often thought but because I wanted to feel the vibrations.

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