The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, July 13, 2014


Revolutionary 3D scanning and 3D printing project to make ancient sculptures available to public
Inopos process by Cosmo Wenman.
SAN DIEGO, CA.- Southern California-based 3D printing pioneer Cosmo Wenman announced plans to 3D-scan plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures at The Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Basel, Switzerland. Wenman's project, "Through a Scanner, Skulpturhalle," will release the 3D scans and 3D printable models into the public domain, at no cost and copyright free, on Makerbot’s Thingiverse 3D printing website, allowing anyone with a 3D printer to print their own copies. Wenman’s project is a demonstration of the extraordinary potential for new 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to bring sculptural masterworks into people’s homes at low cost.

The Skulpturhalle Basel museum holds a collection of approximately 2,000 high-quality plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, the Medusa Rondanini, and Athena Parthenos. Wenman has obtained the Skulpturhalle’s permission to take hundreds of photographs of his choice of works, then process the images into 3D-printable files that will be uploaded to Makerbot’s Thingiverse, the premier online repository for 3D files. From there, artists and 3D printing enthusiasts can use the files to 3D print copies of their own, or create new derivative works. Teachers will be able to print copies for the classroom, giving students direct, hands-on access to the world's sculptural masterworks.

The original ancient Greek and Roman works are scattered across museums around the world, but by 3D scanning the Skulpturhalle’s extensive collection of high-fidelity 18th and 19th century plaster reproductions, Wenman will be able to 3D capture the same ancient designs while side-stepping the need for extensive travel and negotiations with multiple museums, and in many cases will have superior access to what would be possible with the originals.

The project, seeking popular funding through a Kickstarter campaign which launched on June 6, is unusual as it will create a pure public good—rather than a commercial product—and the final products will be freely available online. The project also allows sponsors who contribute $1,850 or more to have a life-size 3D-printed bust of one of the scans donated to a school of their choice.

By making the scans available to anyone, Wenman hopes to further the goal of digitizing the world’s cultural heritage. "There are millennia of beautiful physical forms that can be digitized, propagated, and remixed over and over again in perpetuity, starting now," he says. "They can become the foundation of an unlimited combinatorial explosion of adaptation and creation, and for untold new artwork and art forms in the coming years. Will the world’s back catalog of 3D art show up lit in pixels on our screens, 3D printed in our homes and classrooms, or embedded in our architecture or clothing? Or in something new? Mass 3D scanning and publishing projects like this are the first steps towards finding out."

Supporters of the project will be enabling a revolution in the way we interact with art, says Wenman. "The children growing up today and tomorrow with 3D printers in their homes and classrooms are on the verge of becoming the very first generation to have an aesthetic sensibility informed by direct, hands-on access to the world's sculptural masterworks," he says. "Their cultural landscape and visual vocabulary will be richer, more complex, and more varied than ours. Sculpture and artifacts will be able to speak to them in ways that have never before been possible."

Calling the project "a tremendous opportunity to bring great art into people's lives," Wenman invites supporters to take part in "a new, experimental form of art patronage, integrating yourself with art and art history and helping to close the distance between great art and the people who love it." He continues, "Eventually, 3D printable designs of the entire world's cultural heritage of sculptural masterworks will be available to everyone, and this project is my attempt to make that happen sooner rather than later."

Paleontologist Louise Leakey, who has worked with Wenman on reproducing ancient hominid fossils using 3D printing, endorsed the project, saying, "Cosmo has a compelling vision of how these technologies can liberate the world’s three-dimensional heritage. The potential educational applications are limitless. Ambitious projects like this are a start of something new and exciting; please lend your support."

Wenman’s life-size 3D-printed reproductions of sculpture have gained him a reputation as a pioneer in the 3D printing world. Bre Pettis, co-founder and CEO of MakerBot Industries, said, "Cosmo’s work truly brings 3D printing into another realm. [He] shows that the technology is much more malleable than previously envisioned and has created some of the most impressive examples of 3D replication we have ever seen." BoingBoing.net editor Cory Doctorow called Wenman’s work, "...extraordinary achievements, which have really pushed the limits on 3D printing using low-cost, home-model printers."

Wenman’s 3D scanned and 3D printed adaptations of works from the British Museum, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Tate Britain, the Getty Villa, the Louvre, and the Norton Simon museum have been displayed at the 2012 London 3D Print Show and the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. His life-size, solid bronze adaptation of the Getty Villa's bust of Caligula was recently displayed as an example of digitization and 3D printed reproduction at a conference of museum curators at the Smithsonian.

Wenman considers himself a lifelong (informal) art student. He has a background in economics and architecture-related project management and design review. He lives in Southern California.

Project website: www.ThroughAScanner.com



Today's News

June 14, 2013

Man arrested for defacing Queen Elizabeth II's portrait at London's Westminster Abbey

United States recovers The Rosenberg Diary, kept by Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler

The Stones and their Scene: Eric Swayne's recently discovered archive on view at Proud Chelsea

First major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr opens at the Grammy Museum

Art Basel, the biggest contemporary art fair on the planet, takes art world by storm

Frick Director Ian Wardropper receives Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

Qing Dynasty porcelain vase sells for $1,279,824 at Sotheby's Asian Art Sale in Paris

Nationalmuseum opens temporary exhibition venue at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts

Giant crane lifts Henry Moore's Large Reclining Figure into Rijksmuseum gardens

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows at Auschwitz exhibition to prevent new Holocaust

Cheekwood presents acclaimed artist Bruce Munro for second-ever U.S. exhibit

Valencian Institute for Modern Art exhibits more personal and unpublished work of Jorge Oteiza

Jeu de Paume presents first retrospective exhibition of the artist Ahlam Shibli

Captivating exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum explores identity in contemporary America

Revolutionary 3D scanning and 3D printing project to make ancient sculptures available to public

Tennessee collector steals show at Captain Kangaroo auction

Important 20th Century Design Sale totals $4.7 million

Gatsby's world comes to Bonhams

Puss in Boots Fortune-Teller fulfills its prophecy of success, sells for $21,000 at Morphy's

Smithsonian announces $12 million gift from Oprah Winfrey

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation treatment, research and touristic-education program surrounding the Ghent Altarpiece

2.- Exhibition offers an opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings

3.- Amsterdam revolts against United States architect Daniel Libeskind Holocaust memorial

4.- Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million at Sotheby's in London

5.- Spain's Queen Letizia opens "El Greco and modern painting" exhibition at The Prado

6.- Hopper's Nighthawks tops the list for Art Everywhere US: Largest outdoor art show ever

7.- Rijksmuseum opens exhibition of fourteen monumental sculptures by Alexander Calder

8.- Association of Art Museum Directors sanctions Delaware Art Museum for sale of work of art

9.- Whitney concludes Uptown exhibition programming with Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

10.- Live art by top international artists steals the show at 45th edition of Art Basel fair



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site