Cosmo Wenman has a vision of digitally scanning masterpieces from museums all over the world, and making the resulting files and information freely available online. His goal is to allow anybody with a 3D printer to be able to reproduce these rare works of art in their own homes, or in the classroom. In fact, he already has several works of art that he has scanned available on his Thingiverse page. Now he's looking to ramp up his coverage, and he's turned to Kickstarter for help.
His goal is to visit the The Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Switzerland where there are more than 2,000 plaster casts of 19th and 20th century works of art, all of very high quality. The museum has agreed to let him scan any of the works that he wants, and to publish the resulting files for free and without any restrictions.
It's not as easy a process as it sounds. He has to take and process hundreds of photos in order to give an accurate replication of the original work. However, the results shoud be well worth the effort, and should allow people from across the glove to appreciate and admire works of art in the comfort of their home.
Here at TechHive we've dabbled with printing works of art on our 3D printers, including a scale print of The Thinker by Rodin. It's actually surprising how interesting the final prints are to admire, even at a fraction of the original scale.
As of writing, Cosmo has a little over a week on his Kickstarter campaign, and still needs nearly $20,000 to go. He's got plenty of experience, but the funds will go to cover his travel expenses, some equipment, and so on. The project is an interesting opportunity to help enhance the catalog of art that's available to anybody without having to travel to a far off museum, and I hope it succeeds.