Through A Scanner, The Walking Man

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…

WalkingManAloneOf 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
June, 2012

3D print and photo of my scan by MakerBot Industries.


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

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