Scan the World brings Canova to your living room

The Canova collection scanned at The Crawford Art Gallery, Ireland

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CAG - Sculpture Galleries by Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Photo: Jed Niezgoda / jedniezgoda.comScan The World

Scan The World often works through partnerships with institutions such as the Crawford Art Gallery. By working together, we are able to provide you with access to cultural heritage that you may otherwise never get a chance to experience. Scan The World paid a visit to Michael Waldron last year and we were able to catch up on what digitization of cultural artefacts means to Crawford Art Gallery.






 

CAG - Sculpture Galleries by Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Photo: Jed Niezgoda / jedniezgoda.comScan The World

Coinciding with Cork Science Week 2020, Scan the World and the Crawford Art Gallery worked together to 3D scan the museum’s historical Canova Casts. Over the course of the weekend, with the help of visitors, a series of workshops were run exploring 'photogrammetry' and 'structured light’ scanning techniques using an array of hardware. 





CAG Sculpture Galleries by Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Photo: Jed Niezgoda / jedniezgoda.comScan The World

Every object from the gallery was scanned and made available to download and 3D print for free on MyMiniFactory.  


Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator of collections at the Crawford sat down with us to answer some questions about the gallery, digitization and open new technologies.    





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About Dr Waldron and the Crawford Art Gallery

Hello, I'm Dr Michael Waldron, Assistant Curator of Collections & Special Projects at Crawford Art Gallery. This is a visual arts National Cultural Institution in the centre of Cork, Ireland that welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year.

My role draws on my background in art history, which I taught for 12 years, and my particular interest in sculpture, cast collections, and print objects.  

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Why Digitise Cultural Artefacts?

Digitising our historic Canova Casts seemed appropriate as we marked their bicentenary in Cork. The parallel between 19th-century casting and 21st-century scanning as technologies of reproduction presented a compelling argument for digitisation, while also assisting in the fuller documentation of our wider cast and sculpture collections. The possibilities are endless…  

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Why Do You Share Your Digitised Collections Online?

As a public institution, it is important for Crawford Art Gallery to continue to make its collection accessible and to support knowledge generation. Digitising three-dimensional objects in a manner that communicates their modelling more fully allows our publics, the curious, and researchers alike to appreciate this stunning, sometimes unique forms.  

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What Does 3D Scanning and Printing Mean to the Museum?

3D-scanning has enabled the Crawford Art Gallery team to consider our sculpture and cast collections in new ways. Printing in 3D holds exciting potential and adds a new chapter to the storied history of these historic objects.

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What Is Your Favourite Sculpture We Scanned at the Crawford

So many to choose from, but just one of my favourites is Hibernia and Brian Boroimhe (1855) by John Hogan. The artist was an early student of the Crawford when it functioned as a school of art. This sculpture, the original plaster model, came at the end of Hogan's career and is perhaps his most overtly political work, particularly due to its allegorical slant.  

CAG Sculpture Galleries by Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Photo: Jed Niezgoda / jedniezgoda.comScan The World

The Crawford Art Gallery is just one of many institutions that Scan The World is working with to help digitize cultural artefacts and open access to cultural heritage for our community. Through community scanning, with the help of photogrammetry and democratized technologies, it has never been easier for us to provide a platform to access these cultural artefacts from around the world.  




 

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