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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Copying the Elgin Marbles

 Have seen the Elgin Marbles, this is impressive effort

The Robot Guerrilla Campaign to Recreate the Elgin Marbles

The New York Times   

Franz Lidz, July 8, 2022

Roger Michel at the U.K.'s Institute of Digital Archaeology thinks three-dimensional (3D) machining, which uses a robot to create faithful copies of large historical objects, could help settle the dispute over whether relics like the Elgin Marbles from Athens should be repatriated to their countries of origin. The University of Oxford-based research consortium is using the 3D machining robot to copy the Elgin Marbles as prototypes for duplicates, which Michel believes could replace the originals at the British Museum. The museum had rejected a formal request to scan the statues, so two researchers visited the museum and used iPhones and iPads equipped with light detection and ranging sensors and photogrammetry software to capture 3D images of one sculpture. The robot carved a prototype from that scan in four days, with the final marble duplicate expected to be completed by the end of this month.

From NYT

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