I spent several hours scanning sculptures at the Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles in June 2012. I was very happy that their 1905 cast of Auguste Rodin’s 1877 The Walking Man scanned the best: a seminal piece from a movement dedicated to seeing and expressing the world in new ways, with new eyes…
Of all the sculptures in the world that could be machine-scanned and printed, The Walking Man may be the most appropriate for printing as-is from a rough automated scan — unaltered, without “fixing” any of the incorrectly mapped lumps or errant wisps of data streaming off its surface. Ask Bruce Sterling why — #newaesthetic
The video above is output from the scanning software I used. For my 3D printable file, click here.
I updated the Wikipedia entry for Rodin’s masterpiece to include references to my scan file. Until a museum releases a higher quality scan of this piece, mine is the definitive publicly available 3D map of this monumental work of art.
— Cosmo Wenman
My print, made on my MakerBot Replicator, bronzed and patinaed with Alternate Reality Patinas, held up to its ancestor (itself a duplicate) at the Norton Simon Museum, November 2012.
“The level of detail and craft is something that’s inscribed within the original design concept.” — Tadao Ando