Laser Scanning at the Birmingham Museum of Art

The ETLab has begun to digitally capture statues in from the Birmingham Museum of Art‘s Asian Collection.

As a proof of concept, high definition scans were taken of three pieces in the collection; Shiva Manifesting Within the Linga of Flames, Siva and Parvati, and Lakshmi.IMAG0088

We plan to capture high detail scans of the Indian statuary and create a digital walk-through of the exhibit. Using a HMD (head mounted display) to display the walk-through, we hope that in addition to bringing the people to the museum, we can bring the museum to the people.

Pictured here are the actual artifact of Shiva Manifesting Within the Linga of Flames and a computer generated model based on the scans from the BMA.  Using high resolution textures created from pictures taken on site and a bevy of scans from multiple angles makes telling the difference only a matter of environment.

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