desert rose


In his Desert Rose series, Naifeh begins with actual gypsum roses, or clusters of them, which occur naturally in all of the major deserts of the world. These mineral deposits develop over time according to the kinds of mathematical algorithms that define the universe. Naifeh then uses computer software to model and simplify these forms, producing designs that are printed in 3D printers. The results are sculptures that combine the geometry at the core of the timeless physical world and the geometry that is at the core of our most cutting-edge technology.


Selected works from the Desert Rose series are exhibited below. You can select individual works for an expanded view. For availability and pricing inquiries, please contact us


Desert Rose I

2015. 3D-printed nylon. 14 x 14 x 14 in., 35.6 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm.

Desert Rose IV

2016. 3D-printed polymer. 11 x 9 x 17 in., 28 x 22.9 x 43.2 cm.

Desert Rose VI

2016. 3D-printed polymer. 10 x 9 x 11 in., 25.4 x 22.9 x 28 cm.