Art has a second life thanks to 3D printing

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Few weeks ago the Times announced the born of a new international project found by the Institute for Digital Archaeology in which also Italy will be involved: rebuild the arch of the Temple of Bel (the archaeological site of Palmyra, Syria) with the largest 3D printer in the world and place it next to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square during the World Heritage Week in April.

The temple of Bel was almost completely destroyed by the iconoclastic fury of Isis militants, only a few elements have survived. That’s why many have elevated to an icon of cultural resistance to the obscurantism of Islamic extremists and has become the focus of this project, someone says it is ready to be replicated in Times Square.

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Palmira Arch rendering(Credits: Institute for Digital Archaeology)

This project inspires pacifist nonviolent resistance and opens a consideration in my mind: what kind of benefits can 3D printing and three-dimensional modeling give to Arts?

There are numerous initiatives, almost always handled by local start-up born around ideas, insights and expertise; what is missing is probably a national coordination to puts in network possible actors to give life to a large-scale action.

I would bring you a concrete example from my region: Hi-Storia is a start-up from Pescara who has managed to combine mobile applications and modular tactile devices 3D printed to enhance the local cultural heritage. Its founders have created scaled copies of abbeys, monuments, parks, recorded audio guides to describe details and sections of the object in question. If activated by the touch sensor connected to the application for smartphone or PC user returns information on history, wildlife and curiosity of the historic building or the work represented. Schools for example can benefit from this kind of initiatives, creating special educational courses that allow students to find out the treasures of the territory having fun, doing network with other institutions on a continuous exchange of knowledge and resources. These interactive models represent a significant resource also for museums to offer to disabled visitors media able to complete their cultural experience.

3D printing can become also a vehicle for spreading art among the blind people thanks to special initiatives all over the world. In a few days there will be a workshop of 3D modeling at Cowo® Como/Sun held by the accomplished sculptor Simone Rasetti, skilled in digital sculpture applied to the reconstruction of the works of art. During the workshop it will be shaped the face of a man from an old photo as a child; this is in itself an activity that denotes competence and capacity crowned by a human and emotional side: the model will be then realized through 3D printing to give his girlfriend, who is blind, the chance to know how her boyfriend was in the childhood.

Ideas and initiatives are multiplying and can grow through contributions, in money or in physical support, that everyone in his small can make available, all things considered there is still time to write your good purposes for the new year, right?

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