At the behest of The Gate Museum in Georgia, Kennesaw State University, which sits about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, is in the process of recreating one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" back to life, using 3d printing.
The State of Zeus at Olympia took nearly 12 years to create in its original form when Phidias took on the project in 432 B.C. However, nearly 500 years later, the statue was destroyed in a fire, leaving historians and artists that wanted to recreate the piece in a tough spot.
Enter The Gate Museum, Kennesaw State University and their Fortus 900mc 3d printer from Stratasys. The machine is being used to create a near exact replica of Phidias' masterpiece, using highly durable thermoplastic.
“Throughout history, there are always instances where the most precious works of art get destroyed or broken. In the past, this disappearance meant items were lost forever. That’s why we’re so heavily invested in the artistic value of 3D printing,” said Jeremy Kobus, Director of The Gate Museum. “Committed to working at the intersection of technology and art, we see the tremendous potential of 3D printing for educational applications. Teaming with Stratasys and KSU’s 3DCenter, our hope is to deliver creations far too few have even tried to attempt.”
The preservation and restoration of artifacts by arts museums around the world is a growing trend, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The British Museum and others taking the lead.
Stratasys, for its part, is eager to showcase the utility of its 3d printers for the purposes of creativity and maintaning historical links.
"3D printing is the very impetus sparking a highly realistic learning experience – ensuring these essential pieces of history are never again forgotten," said Sig Behrens of the company's education arm.
3D printing is the very impetus sparking a highly realistic learning experience – ensuring these essential pieces of history are never again forgotten.”