26 August 2010
First Minister Alex Salmond today, (26th August,) came face to face with 3D replicas of Presidents Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and Roosevelt as he viewed the latest images from the Scottish team that are recording Mount Rushmore with digital technology.
The First Minister visited the Digital Design Studio at Glasgow School of Art to see the progress on the Scottish Ten project – a ground breaking partnership between Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art – to digitally record all five Scottish World Heritage Sites and five international sites, the first of which is Mount Rushmore.
Using cutting edge laser technology, the project will survey and interpret heritage structures in 3D and will provide - for the first time – a lasting, digital record of the country’s most important buildings. It also offers a new method for researching and conserving Scotland’s built environment.
The First Minister said:
“The Presidents’ heads of Mount Rushmore is a truly iconic site familiar to millions of people across the world. I am delighted that the Scottish Ten project is working to assist with the preservation of this and many other historic monuments and sites, using Scottish innovation and skills.
“This ambitious collaborative project by Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art project showcases Scotland’s expertise in conservation and digital recording to an international audience. We hope that this five-year project will encourage the development of new international partnerships on the areas of culture, tourism and technology.
“The use of digital technology to capture the detail and design of Mount Rushmore has delivered truly impressive 3D images. I wish the team the best of luck with their next location in Orkney. This is a challenging and ground breaking project which encapsulates the innovation and ambition of Scotland’s creative industries.”
The Scottish Ten team worked with conservation and climbing experts from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and local South Dakota partners as well as the California-based CyArk Foundation – with the mission of "preserving World Heritage Sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies”.
Doug Pritchard of the DDS at The Glasgow School of Art said:
“It’s a tremendous honour to have the First Minister here at the Digital Design Studio. Our documentation of world heritage sites such as New Lanark and Mount Rushmore in collaboration with Historic Scotland has been and continues to be, challenging but exceptionally exciting. It means a lot to have such groundbreaking work recognised in such a significant way.”
The partnership between Historic Scotland and Glasgow School of Art Centre has resulted in the creation of the Centre for Digital Design and Visualisation LLP (CDDV) to carry out the work. As well as recording the Scottish Ten sites, the team will take on commercial projects to generate its own income. The CDDV has already completed its first commercial project – Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.
Currently the team is working on the second Scottish site, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney WHS is made up of the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watch Stone, the Ring of Brodgar with its associated funerary monuments and stone settings and the Skara Brae settlement.
The other remaining four overseas sites have still be to selected and will fulfil Scottish Government International objectives in Japan, India and China, with a fifth site to be selected.
Follow the progress of the Scottish Ten online
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