Interview with Scan the World and Kirill - Behind the Scenes of a 3D Scan


4 months ago

Kirill is a talented artist, photographer and major contributor to the Scan the World initiative from various cultural expeditions.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to discuss what happens ‘behind the scenes’ when 3D scanning and what Scan the World and cultural heritage means to him as an artist.


Starting a 3D Scanning Journey

Even before that, I took pictures of sculptures, my friends knew this, and threw me a job from the Internet. I also worked on creating interiors in 3D studio max as a designer of furniture and interiors. Therefore, almost immediately I understood the task.



The Inspiration Behind 3D Scans

I am interested in photography, so I am interested in classical art. And travel to new cities and countries. What else could be more interesting and inspiring?!.. During the journey, I often switch from the sculpting mode to the settings for a professional photo and shoot. On my last trip to Paris, I even took 2 cameras. Many photos for these travels are on my Instagram.


Scan The World and the Digitalization of Cultural Heritage

It seems to me that in the future everyone will have a 3D printer at home. It's like a regular printer now. People will have the opportunity to print decorative elements for their interior. This is wonderful. And already right now designers can use scanned 3D models in their interiors.



The Life of a '3D Scanner': Limitations and Enjoyments

Before I go to scan, I study information from the Internet and photo from museums on the quantity of objects. Very often there is no information on official sites. It happens that interesting objects are located so that they cannot be scanned around (for example, the Vatican). It happens that the rooms are very dark, which also makes scanning difficult (for example, the Branly Museum in Paris, the Museum of Duomo in Milan).

Many times the rangers were unhappy with the process, motivating them by making too many photos and this is a commercial shoot. In the Doge's Palace in Venice, a woman was appointed to me, who followed me and said - Too many photos !! In the National Museum of Lithuania and in various Russian museums there were similar situations :)


Favorite Site of Cultural Heritage to Visit





My visit to the Roman museums was very inspiring. I especially liked the interior with sculptures by Galleria Doria Pamphilj. (if you know that the gallery owners still live there, then it's gorgeous). I also recommend visiting Rome's Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese in Rome.

For my taste - beautiful sculptures (by the way the museum is free) And of course the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. I hope to return to their processing.


Favored 3D Scanned Sculpture

Technically .. I love the sculptures that are available for scanning :) They should be well lit, white, not shiny, not overexposed, not behind glass, and less than me tall. :) And so .. I don’t even know which one I love, I like sculptures of the Soviet Period and sculptures of the Renaissance and the 18th, 19th centuries. I can’t choose my favorite, perhaps the «Worker and collective farmer» by Vera Mukhina and «David» by Michelangelo.







Next 3D Scanning Destination

I would like to visit the Louvre again, but I haven't done everything yet. There are also many museums in Italy in different cities. And museums on Islands in Greece. I hope it will work out soon.


With the help of passionate and determined individuals such as Kirill, we are able to develop a greater understanding of what it means to have access to cultural heritage and maintain digital preservation of artefacts.


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