Revenge of the Plastic Parthenons: 3-D Printing in the Study of Classical Architecture
October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for this lecture featuring Phil Stinson, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Curator for the Wilcox Classical Museum at the University of Kansas.
Lecture Abstract: Modern 3D-printing and assembling of small-scale replicas of ancient monuments and architectural elements has its origins in the “souvenir architecture” of the 1950s and 60s. Produced by machines using economical parts and shareable through online repositories, 3D-printing and its associated processes such as digital photogrammetry offer the specialist and student of ancient architectural history compelling tools for documentation and analysis. In addition, their products offer alternatives to intrusive and often irreversible on-site physical rebuilding and restoration measures, generally known as anastylosis. Case studies for this presentation come from the author’s experiences and fieldwork conducted at the archaeological sites of Sardis and Aphrodisias in western Asia Minor, modern Turkey. This talk also considers some of the challenges involved in taking on a 3D-printing project for making precise replicas of objects, big or small.
Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.
Free and open to the public.