Re-creating the Colossus of Constantine
Factum Foundation has worked with the Musei Capitolini and Fondazione Prada on an ambitious project to recreate the large-scale sculpture of the Colossus of Constantine for the exhibition 'Recycling Beauty' (November 17, 2022 - February 27, 2023).
The 13m-tall work is currently on display inside the Cisterna at the Fondazione Prada, and is the result of several months of work that started with recording the original fragments of the colossal statue in April 2022.
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Benin Bronzes Digital Documentation Training Programme
Over the past weeks a team from Factum Foundation has been conducting a training programme in digital heritage documentation, focusing on photogrammetry, for participants from EMOWAA (Edo Museum of West African Art) and NCMM (National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria). The aim of the training was to establish a team of digital heritage specialists enabled to carry out recording projects both in Nigeria and abroad.
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La forza delle cose
Factum Foundation and Factum Arte worked with Fondazione Palazzo Te on recreating five designs by Giulio Romano as physical objects for the exhibition 'Giulio Romano. La forza delle cose' at Palazzo Te (October 8th, 2022 - January 8th, 2023). The intricate drawings were rematerialised as 3D models before being 3D printed in sections and cast in a variety of materials depending on the size and complexity of their details.
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New publication: The Bakor Monoliths: Preserving Ancestral Stones in South-Eastern Nigeria
This new book by Factum Foundation explores the cultural significance and preservation challenges of the Bakor monoliths in Cross River State, Nigeria. The result of six years of work and collaboration with several Nigerian and international partners, it is the first book dedicated to the subject since Philip Allison's 1968 Cross River Monoliths.
FIVE YEARS ON: The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is up for sale
Are the heritage authorities going to act in favour of the preservation of this important cultural asset and acknowledge that the model proposed by Factum Foundation and Re:Form has already proven successful and demonstrated that bell making can be revitalised? Will sensible decisions be made on the grounds that the Whitechapel Bell Foundry’s optimum value lies in the fact that it is a bell foundry?
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Aaltosiilo: a musical instrument for a night
On September 24th 2022, ‘FAREWELL TO THE HOPPERS’ was the first event of AaltoSiilo project produced by Factum Foundation as part of Oulu2026 culture programme: a series of performances, projections and a concert organised in the iconic Silo by Alvar Aalto.
Fare Arte 2022: Workshop in Palazzo Te
Organised by Factum Foundation and ARCHiVe as part of the programme 'Fare Arte' conceived by the Scuola di Palazzo Te, the workshop Recording Giulio Romano: Shape & Surface aims to introduce students and professionals to the techniques and methods of digital preservation. From September 12th until September 16th, the 30-hour workshop introduces the theoretical and practical methodologies for digital recording, while carrying out a real digitisation project inside Palazzo Te in Mantua, Italy. More on the project
Grayson Perry's Covid Bell on show at The Worshipful Company of Founders
After the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Grayson Perry's Covid Bell will be on show at the Founder's Hall of the Worshipful Company of Founders, during their annual Open House on September 10th and 11th. The bell was kindly donated by Grayson Perry to revitalise bell making in the UK following the highly publicised closure of Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
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Bakor Monoliths exhibition in Lagos
Factum Foundation has collaborated with the Trust for African Rock Art and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments Nigeria on the exhibition ‘The Ancient Rock Art of Nigeria’ at the Nigerian National Museum (May 5 – June 2, 2022). The display was curated by Terry Little and Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, and was supported by the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. Two facsimiles of Bakor monoliths, made from data recorded in 2018, were featured in the exhibition. More on the project
Raphael Cartoon facsimile on display
Factum Foundation and Factum Arte worked on the making of the facsimile of Paul Preaching at Athens Cartoon for the exhibition 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael' (9 April - 31 July, 2022) at the National Gallery, London. As the original Cartoons by Raphael are unable to travel, the recording and rematerialisation of the data is another example of how facsimiles provide new ways to study, disseminate and display the series on long-term loan to the V&A by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.
Recording and training with ARCE in Cairo
In 2022, ARCE will begin a conservation and restoration project of the Mausoleum of Ikhwat Yusuf, that will include a digital restoration in collaboration with Factum Foundation. In early March, Osama Dawod and Otto Lowe arrived in Cairo and recorded the mausoleum’s mihrab in high-resolution using photogrammetry and provided hands-on photogrammetry training for inspectors from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
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Recreation of leather wallpaper for Palazzo Te
Factum Arte and Factum Foundation have worked with Fondazione Palazzo Te to recreate the atmosphere that once welcomed the guests of the Gonzaga family for the visitors of the exhibition Le pareti delle meraviglie (26 March - 26 June, 2022). Data recorded in January 2022 inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was processed to make a recreation fitted to the spaces of the Camera dei Venti.
Recording 15th-century tapestries at the Giorgio Cini Collection
ARCHiVe has completed the first high-resolution digital recording of one of the great tapestries owned by the Giorgio Cini collection: The Entry into Palestine of the Army of Vespasian. In March 2022, a team from Factum Foundation obtained 3D data of the full tapestry's front side and colour information of both front and back with a resolution around 500 dpi at 1:1 scale.
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Recording the Dabous Giraffe
Ferdinand Saumarez-Smith from Factum Foundation accompanied the Trust for African Rock Art to document the Dabous Giraffe in the Aïr Mountains in Niger.
The petroglyph dates from between 4-6,000 BC and is the largest known animal petroglyph in the world. It was recorded using close-range and drone-based photogrammetry from February 10th to 15th.