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Scan The World Continues Mission to Open Access for Cultural Artefacts: Visit to the Crawford Art Gallery
15-17th November 2019
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
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, such as the Shining3D Einscan Pro 2X Plus (review article to follow soon!).
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 (and overall lovely human being) sat down with us to answer some questions about the gallery, digitisation and open new technologies.
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.
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...
Why Do You Share Your Digitised Collections Online?
As a public institution, it is important for the 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.
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.
What Is Your Favourite Sculpture We Scanned at the Crawford Art Gallery?
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.
Hibernia and Brian Boroimhe is a meditation on good government, sovereignty, legitimate leadership, and overcoming hardship - themes that seem as apt for today as they did for 1850s Ireland. I wrote an article for Irish Arts Review on the artist and this work here: https://www.irishartsreview.com/orators-artistry/
The Crawford Art Gallery is just one of many institutions that Scan The World is working with to help digitise cultural artefacts and open access to cultural heritage for our community. Through community scanning, with the help of photogrammetry and democratised technologies, it has never been easier for us to provide a platform to access these cultural artefacts from around the world.
To get involved, follow this photogrammetry tutorial!