Alvar Aalto's Silo: Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña
Factum Foundation has acquired Alvar Aalto’s first industrial building, a cellulose silo in Oulu, northern Finland. Working with the award-winning practice Skene Catling de la Peña, the intention is to use research and technology to restore and reveal Alto’s building. The AALTOSIILO will share and develop digital recording and output skills in the Nordic region.
'The Raphael Cartoons at rhe V&A' - online discussion by the Warburg institute
On 19 November 2020, Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, and Ana Debenedetti from the V&A Museum participated in an online panel hosted by the Warburg Institute, focussing on new technologies and the opportunities they offer to better understand, share and disseminate the legacy of the Italian High Renaissance artist and his workshop.
The discussion is available here.
TNPI 2020 report is available
A new report on the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative is now freely available. 2020 has seen a new global recognition of the importance of digital recording for documenting, disseminating and displaying cultural heritage. The crisis has also underlined the importance of the high-resolution 3D and colour recording that is being carried out by the TNPI.
Recording the back of the Heart-shaped map of Hajji Ahmed
A new recording of the original printing blocks of the Heart-shaped map of Hajji Ahmed (also known as Mappa Turchesca), was carried out at the Biblioteca Marciana on 4, 5 and 6 November using the Lucida 3D Scanner, focussing on the back of the wooden panels.
Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and Public Inquiry: closing statement
The Public Inquiry, which started on 6 October to decide the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry has now finished. Factum Foundation and Re-Form Heritage are looking forward to the decision that will be made by the Secretary of State.
Facsimile of Caravaggio's Burial of Saint Lucy at MART
Factum Foundation is honoured to have carried out the recording of Caravaggio’s Burial of St. Lucy in the Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, Syracuse, between 24th and 30th June 2020. An exact facsimile was created by Factum Arte for the exhibition 'Caravaggio. Il Contemporaneo - In dialogo con Burri and Pasolini' at Mart Rovereto (October 9th 2020 - February 14th 2021).
More on the project
Bakor Monoliths Project: recent updates
Due to COVID-19, the exhibition centered on the Bakor Monoliths Project, which was due to open on November 14th 2020, has been postponed but plans are still progressing for the show to open at the British Museum before touring to Nigeria and being installed in Alok as a permanent display - thanks to the generous grant of the Carène Foundation. A recent operation by the United States Customs secured a cargo of illegally-trafficked Cross River monoliths at Miami Airport.
Recording Velázquez in Orléans
On October 19th a team from Factum Foundation carried out the high-resolution recording in 3D and colour of Velázquez’ Saint Thomas at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans St. Thomas, painted around 1618-1620 and part of Velázquez’ early works, is being documented using panoramic composite photography and the Lucida 3D Scanner.
Recording El Greco's Annunciation with Fundación Banco Santander
Factum Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Fundación Banco Santander for the high-resolution recording in 3D and colour of El Greco’s Annunciation, from the collection of Banco Santander. The painting, one of El Greco’s final works and intended for the right side altar of the church in Tavera Hospital, was recorded using the Lucida 3D Scanner and panoramic composite photography. More on the project
Lamassu facsimiles donated to the University of Mosul: a year later
On 24th October 2019, exact facsimiles of two lamassu statues were presented at the University of Mosul by Factum Foundation and the British Museum, with the logistical support of the Spanish Ministry of Defense, the Iraqi Government and the financial support of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. The project was managed by Ali Aljuboori, the director of the centre for Assyrian studies at the University of Mosul. Find out more
RECORDING NABATEAN HERITAGE WITH RCU
On 21st September 2020, Otto Lowe and Pedro Miró from Factum Foundation arrived in AlUla to start the largest high-resolution 3D recording project to be undertaken in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The work, commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), is planned to last for more than a year and will result in the production of a high-resolution 3D model of the Nabatean archaeological site of Hegra,as well as Dadan, Jabal Ikmah and Abu Ud. More on the project
Factum Foundation and Hirayama Studio at the British Museum
In July 2019, Factum Foundation was invited to carry out two recordings at the British Museum’s Hirayama Studio – a specialist studio for the conservation of East Asian paintings. A 14th century Japanese scroll-painting and a 19th century Korean screen were recorded in high resolution and the data has been used to create two online viewers to help with the study and conservation. More on the project
The high-resolution recording of the Raphael Cartoons: Factum Foundation for the V&A and Royal Collection Trust
After the recording of the Raphael Cartoons at the V&A in 2019, Factum Foundation processed the digital information captured to create multi-layered browsers of the seven Cartoons. The Cartoons are lent to the V&A from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty The Queen.
New video: The Materiality of the Aura. New Technologies for Preservation, a walk in the exhibition with Adam Lowe
Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, guides you through The Materiality of the Aura. New Technologies for Preservation, at Palazzo Fava, Bologna until 10th January 2021.
Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation, guides you through 'The Materiality of the Aura. New Technologies for Preservation', on the second floor of Palazzo Fava (18 May 2020 - 10 January 2021).
Launched by the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt, Factum Foundation and the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative, the 3D virtual model is based on a LiDAR recording of the whole tomb, but it also includes high-resolution information that will continue to be fed into the platform as the work progresses. The platform works like a dynamic archive of the tomb that can allow closer study than is possible during a visit. Access the 3D virtual tour