Updates from Cosmo Wenman’s THROUGH A SCANNER, SKULPTURHALLE project — Venus de Milo and Winged Victory Published!
In September 2013, with the museum’s permission and the financial support of Autodesk’s Reality Capture division, I spent a week working in the Skulpturhalle, taking 3D surveys of my choice of casts. I took hundreds of carefully staged photos of Venus and used Autodesk’s ReCap Photo photogrammetry software to process them into a high-quality 3D model.
This model of Venus de Milo is a modern artifact and direct descendent of the plaster cast tradition, which is poised for a 3D captured, 3D printed, digital renaissance. It is to my knowledge the first high-quality 3D survey of the Venus de Milo to be freely published, and I am pleased to be able to offer you direct access to its ancient, enigmatic, and graceful contours, which descend to us through an unbroken chain from antiquity — from the Greek island of Milos 2,100 years ago, to the Louvre, to the Skulpturhalle, through my camera lens, to you.
You can read more about my project, Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle, here.
…I’ve published my 3D surveys of Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. You can download the 3D print-ready files here and here. You’ll find more photos, background, and technical info there too.
…I showed the first-ever 3D prints of both Venus and Victory at the London and Paris 3D Printshows in November, and they got a great response. Here’s a video comparing museum visitors responding to the original Venus de Milo in the Louvre versus Printshow attendees interacting with my print in the Louvre expo hall. (Below.)
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