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developed recipe of limestone and resin,
pigmented to resemble the internal colour
of the original sculpture. Hand-finishing
was used to colour the surface.
Interventions were kept to a minimum so
as not to interfere with the objectivity of
the digital data.
surface effects have given an insight into
the layers of mediation required to repli-
cate the complex textures and colours.
Such research is a valuable addition to
future studies of the sculpture.The result
is the most accurate copy of a sculpture
ever made.
T
he techniques used in this pro-
ject have much to offer. Replicas
have a place, not only in
museums, but also as part of a broader
management strategy for the future pro-
tection and preservation of heritage.The
data gathered resulted in an accurate,
high-resolution digital record which will
The finished Z Corp 3D print from the ModelMaker data.The data was
output in 3 sections in layers of 100 microns.The two horizontal joins are
clearly visible due to slight changes in colour of each section.
CONCLUSION
T
he project to replicate the Dama
de Elche was an unprecedented
opportunity to document and
study this remarkable sculpture.The scan-
ning also enabled, for the first time, a close
comparison of two different scanning
systems (tests were also carried out using a
Minolta Vivid 910 but the data were rejec-
ted as the resolution was not acceptable).
Each system has its own specifications and
limitations which resulted in data sets of
differing resolution and quality.There is
clearly a need for such objective compari-
sons so as to verify the capabilities of each
system.
T
he work has necessitated a close
examination of the surface, and
the tests to try to reproduce the
Applying the layer of limestone and water mix used as a resist to match
the surface characteristics of the copy to those of the original.
Washing the mud from the surface.
After the direct comparison with the original, small alterations were made
using tools specially designed for this work.The tool seen here is a minia-
ture sandblaster.
be a vital archive for monitoring the
sculpture's condition.This archive will also
serve as an invaluable additional resource
for academic and historic research direc-
ted towards the study of the Dama de
Elche and its place in the history of
Spanish culture.
F
or further information on
Factum Arte's other exciting
projects, please visit
http://www.factum-arte.com.
The finished facsimile in Factum Arte´s workshop. Plaster, resin, limestone,
mud and pigment.
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te
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2004,
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actum-ar
te
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© Factum
Ar
te
,
2004,
www
.f
actum-ar
te
.com
© Factum
Ar
te
,
2004,
www
.f
actum-ar
te
.com
© Factum
Ar
te
,
2004,
www
.f
actum-ar
te
.com