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Recording El Greco in Cleveland
Recording El Greco in Cleveland

In November 2021 a team from Factum Foundation carried out the recording of the Crucifixion by El Greco within the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio. Both the surface data and accurate colour were acquired using the Lucida 3D Scanner and composite photography, as part of a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University. The project aims to document and analyse late paintings by El Greco and his studio, in order to establish the importance of recording the surface of paintings and reveal new information about the working practice of the artist’s studio through the use of machine learning algorithms.

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3D model of the Aalto Silo
3D model of the Aalto Silo

The AALTOSIILO team is delighted to announce that the 3D model of the Aalto Siilo has been completed in collaboration with the Arctic Drone Labs (at Oulu University of Applied Sciences). The scanning of the building and its plot was done using drone-based LiDAR and photogrammetry during the summer. The model will soon be updated to include the interior of the building (now cleaned of all the dead pigeons and 30 years of pigeon droppings). Electricity is being installed and all the waste and building rubble around the building has been removed.
The 3D model will serve as a record of the building prior to restoration. We are now in communication with local planners and heritage officials to understand their plans and vision for the future of the building and its role in the transformation of Toppila.

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Heritage Lab italgas: installation of a Replica Scanner in Turin
Heritage Lab italgas: installation of a Replica Scanner in Turin

Italgas, Italy's main gas provider founded in 1837, has partnered with ARCHiVe in a project to record and share online its historical archive: a multi-layered and complex collection of documents, pictures, historical papers and essays, scientific journals and texts. A custom Replica 360 Recto/Verso, a recording system developed by Factum Arte and Foundation, has been installed in a dedicated space within the Italgas headquarters in Turin.

This is very topical with COP26, about to be held in Glasgow on October 31 – November 12, 2021. Archives are essential and the archives at Italgas contain important historical, social, scientific and cultural evidence.

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Final stages of the recording in the tomb of Seti I
Final stages of the recording in the tomb of Seti I

A team from Factum Foundation is currently in Luxor during the final stages of the recording of the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, carrying out composite photography recording.

Once the work is complete, our attention will focus on establishing Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI) as an autonomous and independent documentation, archiving and training centre. It is currently run as a collaboration between Factum Foundation, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Basel. Its funding comes almost entirely from Factum but the aim is to demonstrate that this work can bring revenue for the Ministry while being self-supporting.

We wish to thank everyone who has worked on this project and made it possible. It is also the right moment to remember both Piers Wardle and Mohammed Ghaba who worked with Factum in the Valley of the Kings, but are no longer here to see this amazing work come to a conclusion.


Opening of the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland
Opening of the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland

Led by Jonathan Ruffer, the Auckland Project is working to regenerate large sections of the town of Bishop Auckland. Part of the redevelopment is the new Spanish Gallery, the first museum in the UK to be devoted to Spanish art, which opened on October 15, 2021.

Factum Foundation and Skene Catling de la Peña were commissioned to rethink the concept and role of a museum for the top floor. The result, ‘In the Blink of an Eye, Transience and Eternity in the Spanish Golden Age’, is a space filled with great objects, all with their own specific history, biography and meaning in their original location, but with the potential to unlock a profound understanding of Spanish art when put together in dialogue with each other. The original pieces were all chosen, digitally recorded using non-contact technologies and re-embodied as physical facsimiles to reveal some of the defining characteristics of this period of Spanish art and its context.
The outcome is a portal into Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque thinking and a collection of mutually beneficial collaborations that redefine sharing, connoisseurship and preservation.

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Grinling Gibbons' Crucifixion

A video of the 3D model of the Crucifixion by Grinling Gibbons is currently on display at Compton Verney for the exhibition Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making (September 24, 2021 - January 30, 2022). The event was organised by the Grinling Gibbons Society to celebrate the artist's tercentenary this year.
The 3D team at Factum worked on merging the two processed datasets into a detailed and meaningful 3D model that can be seen in colour or as a shaded render. The work required genuine research, hundreds of hours of work, highly skilled data preparation and powerful computers.

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Recording the painted caves of Laas Geel
Recording the painted caves of Laas Geel

In collaboration with the Hargeysa Cultural Centre and the Redsea Cultural Foundation, a team from Factum Foundation travelled to Somaliland in July/August to carry out a skills and technology transfer while recording buildings, manuscripts and several sites containing Neolithic paintings.

The team carried out the high-resolution 3D documentation of the painted chambers at Laas Geel: a complex of 22 rock shelters containing some of the earliest known rock art in the region, dating back to an estimated 5,000 years and remarkably preserved. Despite the remarkable condition of the paintings in Laas Geel, both human and natural changes require condition monitoring, new documentation skills and proper infrastructure to preserve the integrity of the site. The Somaliland Government, through its Ministry of Tourism, and the Redsea Cultural Foundation are focussed on ensuring this happens.

In close collaboration with Dr. Jama Musse Jama, director of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, Factum Foundation recorded seven individual caves using LiDAR, photogrammetry and panoramic composite photography. The complete 3D and colour datasets of Laas Geel, Dhagax Kure and Dhagax Marode were handed to the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, to ensure the high-resolution data stays in the country. It will be shared with the Somaliland authorities when it is fully processed.

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ARCHiVe and Divirod
ARCHiVe and Divirod

Research into new monitoring systems

Following a radio programme on the ARCHiVe project, discussing the digitisation of the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice (The World, September 2020), Factum Foundation was contacted by Divirod, a start-up from Boulder, Colorado. Divirod has developed a pasive radar sensor that uses satellites and locally recorded data to generate accurate hydrological models. The installation of the sensor in late August is part of ARCHiVe's work to document and study both cultural heritage and natural changes on and around the island.

As the sensor starts to log vast quantities of dynamic information, we will be working with the Cini Foundation to find new applications and develop tools that will help provide answers to practical needs.

The digitisation of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore will be featured in the 2021 edition of ARCHiVe Online Academy: an online training program of 30 free lessons divided into 4 thematic areas starting today, until December 20.
More information on how to access the free classes here.

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Factum Foundation and RCU: final phase

Factum Foundation is delighted to announce that the project to record the Nabataean, Dadanite and Lihyanite heritage in the AlUla oasis in high-resolution 3D and colour is in its final phase after two years of intensive work.

Over the past month of recording, the focus moved away from the tomb façades and inscriptions and towards the environments in which they sit. The outcrops from which the tombs were carved in Hegra, the World Heritage Site in AlUla, were recorded in their entirety using photogrammetry.

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