Factum Foundation’s new project is the restoration and reuse of the Silo at the Toppila Pulp Mill (on the left of this image). Alvar and Aino Aalto's Silo was a woodchip store in a cellulose factory close to Oulu city centre, just south of the Arctic Circle.
We are working on ways to reuse the Silo as a creative research centre focused on the documentation of industrial buildings in northern Europe, on innovative technologies to record environmental change and research into sustainable materials including cellulose.
We are starting to assemble a group of friends of the AALTOSIILO project.
If you are interested in being part of this dynamic and rapidly-developing project please contact us at email@example.com.
Factum Foundation is working with the European Commission, Aliph, the Aga Khan Foundation and other cultural foundations, institutes and agencies to organise a conference in Toledo in June 2021 about heritage documentation, preservation and conflict resolution.
This International Conference is to discuss and promote the European Union’s new policy on heritage documentation as part of conflict resolution. This represents a significant change in the approach to the preservation of cultural heritage. The conference will acknowledge the importance of the training and the transfer of both skills and technologies to local communities, as a peace-building tool.
In honour of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Greek State, the Rothschild Foundation has commissioned a facsimile of Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of John Capodistria, painted at the Congress of Vienna in 1818-19. The painting normally hangs in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, and forms part of the Royal Collection, and sits in the company of other major figures who participated in the remoulding of post-Napoleonic Europe.
With the generous collaboration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Collection, the portrait of John, Count Capo d'Istria (1776-1831) was recorded on 11th-12th and 19th August 2020 by a team from Factum Foundation at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, where it formed part of the Royal Collection exhibition ‘George IV Art and Spectacle’. It was then re-materialised as a facsimile in Factum Arte’s Madrid studios.
The facsimile will be presented in an early nineteenth-century English gilt frame and will be included in the exhibition ‘1821 Before and After’ at the Benaki Museum in Athens (dates to be announced).
In February, four years ago, the director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled al-Anany opened the Stoppelaëre House Training Centre.
It was the first architectural restoration by Factum Foundation and it is currently being used as the 3D Scanning, Training and Archiving Centre for the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative.
The entirely Egyptian team, almost all from the West Bank in Luxor, will hopefully finish the complete recording of the tomb of Seti I this year.
Factum Foundation’s team is currently finishing the ground recording of the Nabataean heritage site of Hegra and the Dadanite site of Dadan, expecting to soon move to Jabal Ikmah and Abu Ud. Commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), this work is the largest high-resolution 3D recording project carried out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is aimed at producing 3D models that will prove essential for the dissemination, condition monitoring and conservation of the heritage landmarks and cultural legacy of the Nabataean, Dadanite and Lihyanite cultures in and around the AlUla oasis.
Factum Foundation is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Spain, focused on the preservation, study and dissemination of the museum's collection through recording technologies. The first step of this collaboration will be the high-resolution recording in 3D and colour of Vittore Carpaccio's Young Knight in a Landscape (1510), one of the most celebrated works in the collection. As part of Factum Foundation's core principles, the museum will own the copyright on the data for all current and future applications.
The recording of Young Knight in a Landscape will take place at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in late March, in the same room where the painting is being cleaned and restored in full view of visitors, a great occasion to show the complex processes involved in the conservation of artworks. Visitors will be able to watch the entire recording process.
Next year is the hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and his team. Factum's 3D and colour data, recorded in 2009, is in demand and we are following instructions from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities about how to make the data accessible.
Our 3D-modelling team is currently working on a new 4K model of the tomb that will demonstrate the importance of high-resolution recording.
By merging 3D recording, 3D modelling, virtual simulation, architectural details and craftsmanship, we are revisiting the relationship between Islamic, Christian and Jewish influcences on Spanish interior design.
The workshops are filled with a variety of ceilings that will form part of the exhibition display at Bishop Auckland. After months of work, the four complete ceilings will be leaving Madrid in a few days to be installed in the Spanish Galleries in the north-east of England.
Between February 24th until the first week of March, a team from Factum Foundation has been recording the tapestry made after Raphael's Cartoon The Sacrifice at Lystra at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. The recording, arranged with Arnold Nesselrath, is part of the ongoing research into the production of tapestries and the cartoons from which they were made.
The data from the high-resolution recording in 3D, colour and infrared of the Cartoons in 2019 was made public on the V&A's website a few weeks ago.
We hope the recording of the tapestry of the Sacrifice at Lystra in Mantua will launch a digital humanities research project in the relationship between the production of the cartoons and the production of the tapestries.
After the closing of the exhibition 'La riscoperta di un capolavoro' at Palazzo Fava, the facsimile of the Polittico Griffoni will remain in the city of Bologna and will be installed in Palazzo Pepoli. It will also return to the Basilica of San Petronio on the occasion of the city's patron saint day, in the Griffoni chapel for which the original was produced between 1471 and 1472, before it was removed in 1725, when the chapel was re-dedicated to the Aldrovandi family.
The project to record and replicate all the known panels, between 2012 and 2018, started as an initiative to return one of the masterpieces of the Bolognese Renaissance to the city. In October 2017, facsimiles of the sixteen panels were given to the Basilica of San Petronio. The exhibition organised in collaboration with Fabio Roversi Monaco and Genus Bononiae. Musei nella città was an extraordinary occasion to enable the reappraisal of the Renaissance altarpiece and to demonstrate how new technologies can help raise questions about originality and authenticity, offering new developments in curation and exhibition designs.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Premio a la Promoción y difusión Cultural 2020-21 offered by the Museo Liceo Egipcio in Léon, Spain.
'MLE Award for Cultural Promotion and Diffusion: Since its creation in 2001 by the hand of artists, technicians and curators, and through its offices in Madrid, Milan and London, Factum Foundation has created an innovative approach in the fields of conservation and dissemination of artistic works through design of equipment and software and its implementation in numerous projects of different periods and characteristics. The digital information obtained from their works has been used for the documentation, monitoring and production of 2D and 3D facsimiles, which reproduce the complex surface and characteristics of the original works. Among his projects we can mention his scanning work in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt or his digitization of 'The Wedding at Cana' of Veronese, among many others that were successfully completed.' (from the MLE website)
Our work in the Valley of the Kings through the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Basel, is demonstrating what new technologies can do for the preservation of cultural heritage. We wish to thank our Egyptian team, with everyone from Luxor and the West Bank except Aliaa Ismail, originally from Cairo, which is working on the recording in high resolution of the tomb of Seti I and all its fragments.
We are delighted to bring our collaboration with Canon Production Printing to the next level with the installation of an elevated printing system in our workshops in Madrid. Factum Arte and Factum Foundation have been working closely with Canon since 2015, applying their elevated printing technology to the reproduction of exact facsimiles using Factum’s approach to 3D scanning and colour management.
The new solution will enable us to use a Canon customised flatbed UV printer to print multiple stacked layers in Factum’s workshops, resulting in the re-creation of the surface of paintings that are accurate to a few microns.
On January 25th, the V&A launched a new online platform where the data from the Raphael Cartoons, recorded by Factum Foundation in high-resolution 3D, colour and infrared, was made available to the public for the first time. Through a new digital environment on the V&A’s website, users are now able to engage with the Cartoons in new ways and at an unprecedented level of detail. The dataset from the recording, which was supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, is accessible through a high-resolution multi-layer viewer where both the surface, colour and infrared information can be explored, with different datasets viewable either merged or separated out.
From 25th to 27th January, Factum Foundation carried out the recording of the Chart of Juan de la Cosa, from the collection of the Museo Naval in Madrid.
Signed by the Spanish cartographer in 1500, the Chart of Juan de la Cosa is the first world map to depict America. The New World is rendered in green (a nod to its vegetation) and at larger scale than the monochrome Old World, and the map incorporates information from the many exploratory expeditions of the 1490s, such as those of John Cabot, Christopher Columbus, Bartolomé Diaz and Vasco de Gama. The map's large size (96 x 186 cm) and rich artistic decoration using Catholic themes make it probable that it was produced for Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic Monarchs of Spain.
Factum Foundation has recorded the parchment map using non-contact technologies: the Lucida 3D Scanner for the surface and composite photography for the colour. The digital data will belong to the Museo Naval for study and conservation purposes.
An exact facsimile of the map will also be produced and will be part of the exhibition display at the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, due to open in July 2021, and will subsequently be donated to the Museo Naval.