Factum Foundation is excited to announce it will be working with Autodesk, using Memento software (soon to be released commercially under the name ‘Autodesk® ReMake) to implement and improve the application of high-resolution photogrammetry in the digitisation of objects of our cultural heritage. Memento is an end-to-end solution for converting captured reality input (photos or scans) into high-definition 3D meshes that can be cleaned, fixed and optimized for further reverse engineering, digital workflows or CNC fabrication/3D printing, for viewing on the Web. Learn more here.
Image: render of work done recently in Sir John Soane 's Museum recording the sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I - the images are being processed using Memento.
The winner of the first Bando Lucida competition is the “Angelo Annunciante" panel attributed to Gaudenzio Ferrari (mid C16th). The Lucida Competition is promoted and financed by Open Care - Servizi per l’Arte and Factum Foundation.
After a thorough analysis of all the works presented, the Scientific Committee, composed of Giorgio Bonsanti, Francesco Cataluccio and Serena Romano selected the panel and its presenter “Società di Incoraggiamento allo studio del disegno e di conservazione delle opere d’arte in Valsesia (Varallo)” as winner of the competition.
As winner, the panel will initially be the subject of an accurate 3D scanning with the Lucida scanner and then in-depth image analysis will be prepared and documented using the recorded information.
The data generated will be studied and analyzed in order to create a condition report and a proposal for a restoration project. This will be shared with the owner institution and with those charged with the protection of the panel.
To know more about the Foundation, read the book explaining the aims and work being carried out in collaboration with Factum Arte.
The difference between history and mystery is evidence
This was said to us by Ahmed, the son of Sami Angawi (great architect and heritage preserver) who he was quoting - as he showed us around his vaulting, open and multi levelled house created using artisanal traditions - in Jeddah. We were in Jeddah to talk about the possibility of preserving the record of what is now left of the old town, Al-Balad - a marvellous maze of stone houses that are all that remains of the walled city - the ancient crossroads of South, East and West and port of entry to Medina and Mecca. As you walk through the maze, spaces open - seemingly at random - but they aren't random they are carefully positioned to catch the breeze and pass it on down the streets, like water carriers. The houses are all dressed with an intricate filigree of woodwork - designed to let in breezes but exclude the fierce sun - which makes the town's spaces delicate, complicated and mysterious.
Ahmed is working with a very forward thinking foundation, Community Jameel, in the Kingdom with whom we might also work - to do what we can to help preserve this history - he is running a workshop where children and adults can learn something of the stories the woodwork tells - through working directly with the designs and the cutting tools. The history is told in the narrative of shapes and geometric patterns - the ones that tell the story so eloquently in the Arab world. The way the wood fits together in puzzles that please, the way the latticed patterns allow the sun to pierce but not heat, these are the evidence of years of history and skill and experience.
The streets seem mysterious with their shaded, covered, windows and balconies and darkened interiors - they tell a story that is now at risk of disappearing as the Kingdom changes. But we were invited to come because that neglect is being replaced with a desire to preserve, to record, to understand. Change is palpable everywhere and one of the changes is the recognition that these things must be remembered. The history must be written, the skills must be passed on, the evidence must be recorded so that the mystery can be enjoyed. This is why we were there - to record the historical evidence and preserve past - so that the mystery of the shadows can live on.
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