Slam dunk: US basketball player lends an arm to the restoration of an ancient statue 3-D scanning of Wyatt Walker’s arm to be used as model for new addition to the Statue of Bacchus in the North Carolina Museum of ArtThe North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) worked with North Carolina State University men’s basketball player Wyatt Walker to re-create the arm of an ancient statue as part of its Bacchus Conservation Project. The 6-foot-9-inch player’s arm was 3-D scanned by Heather Pendrak of Pendragon 3D, with Walker holding grapes above his head in the manner depicted in a 19th-century drawing of the statue, to help artist Larry Heyda of Lawrence Heyda Studios create the new statue arm.The new arm is crucial to the project, and its proportions must be carefully replicated to create a limb that looks natural and fits with the rest of the sculpture. Considering that the Statue of Bacchus measures 6 feet 8 inches, Heyda proposed that the model be a basketball player, who would have both height and well-defined muscles.The Bacchus Conservation Project is a multidisciplinary and multiphase endeavor, says Dr. Caroline Rocheleau, curator of ancient art and director of the project. „We have worked and consulted with scholars, scientists, engineers, and artists, but we never thought we’d end up working with a basketball player!”„I was honored to be able to offer my arm for 3-D scanning to help them complete their work,“ adds Walker, a graduate student forward on the NCSU team. Academic interest in the statue began in the 1960s when classical scholars realized the sculpture was a patchwork comprising a rare 2nd-century Roman torso, a head from a different ancient sculpture, and limbs, hair locks, berries, and leaves that were added later.A derestoration was begun 30 years ago with the removal of the head, but the treatment did not extend to the rest of the sculpture. The Bacchus Conservation Project was established in 2013 to study the sculpture and complete the derestoration.Recent research and materials analysis, however, have led the Bacchus project team to reconsider the plan. The team’s scientific, conservation, and curatorial data showed that Bacchus contains more fragments from ancient quarries than previously thought and that displaying each fragment separately did not make curatorial sense.Together, though, these ancient fragments create a wonderful statue of the Roman god of wine, probably assembled in the late 16th or early 17th century. The team did not want to lose this fascinating and important aspect of the sculpture’s history. The discoveries have made the composite sculpture more interesting as a whole, even with that rare 2nd-century Roman torso embedded in it.In addition to creating a new arm for the statue, the new conservation treatment will return the statue to its 1960s appearance, reattaching the head to the body.As the final phase of the project, the Museum will publish a catalogue and host an exhibition featuring the restored statue, with digital experiences to engage the public in the conservation project. Behind-the-scenes interactive programs will explore how the scientific method is used to solve real-world art challenges.The Bacchus Conservation Project is made possible by Bank of America and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-16-0264-16). Additional support provided by Steve and Frosene Zeis and Don Davis and Peggy Wilks. Support for collection research and initial study of the statue of Bacchus is made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel. — END —YONGDA, Do my best to you!WEB: www.waterjet-machine.comEmail:CEO@waterjet-machine.comService Hotline: +86-757-82710982Address: Nanzhuang, Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong ProvinceNo. 70, Xinyuan Second Road, Geely High-tech Industrial Park
„Marble on Stage“ by Marsotto Edizioni: Collections from the past group together and greet the new Italian enterprise for product design in marble presents new objects skillfully within the frame of the pastCompanies working in product design must bring out a new collection every year or every season and thus risk that last year’s collection will fall into oblivion inadvertently.Marsotto Company of Italy has set the scene at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April this year to solve the dilemma: in an exhibit area in Via Bigli in the heart of the design district Marsotto put „Marble on Stage“ as the motto for the presentation and allowed the old to greet the incoming new.The setting was as simple as it was effective: a black cat-walk was lined in pieces from the past. At the end of it the new products stood on an elevated stage. The name „Ballerina“, fitting not only because of the table legs. It is a side-table in various sizes by Oki Sato of Japan’s nendo Studio. „Place“, was the second novelty. These are flexible shelves which can double as a wardrobe or console. So, the full name is „Place Wardrobe“, „Place Desk“ or „Place Console“ respectively by designer Philippe Malouin.The single elements are conjoined in such a way that they are moveable yet cannot fall out.As usual with Marsotto Edizioni, the objects are available in Carrara Marble and black Nero Marquina. The pieces are exquisitely worked and meet the highest of standards as is the company’s trademark.— END —YONGDA, Do my best to you!WEB: www.waterjet-machine.comEmail:CEO@waterjet-machine.comService Hotline: +86-757-82710982Address: Nanzhuang, Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong ProvinceNo. 70, Xinyuan Second Road, Geely High-tech Industrial Park
Stone Federation Great Britain: 2018 Natural Stone Awards Prizes were awarded for exceptional implementation of natural stoneUnder the auspices of the British Stone Federation, the 2018 Natural Stone Awards were presented at a Gala in London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel were some 360 architects, interior decorators, builders and representatives of the public and private sectors attended the event.The prizes are awarded biannually by a jury of the London-based Stone Federation GB. The chosen best submissions are judged in 11 categories.There were 15% more submissions this year than in the past, with 3 new categories to accommodate the increase: Repair & Restoration Interiors, Reconstruction and Cathedrals Fellowship.Jane Buxey, Stone Federation Chief Executive, commented: „The number of projects featuring a mixture of traditional stonemasonry and CNC machinery is a good example of the intelligent approach taken by the sector to embracing innovation while maintaining the skills that form the bed-rock of this industry.“Reading between the lines, one gains the distinct impression that the branch needs to put more effort into vocational training: „There are, unfortunately, still projects where correct stone selection and basic design principles have not been followed resulting in potentially impressive projects missing the mark“, according to Jane Buxey in the introduction to the Award Winners’ brochure.The awards were sponsored by BRE, Gallagher, Hardscape, Sandberg, SBID, and Schluter-Systems as well as from the public sector, Historic England, Stone Specialist Magazine and the Worshipful Company of Masons.In the months to come, we will be presenting some of the award winners in more detail. — END —YONGDA, Do my best to you!WEB: www.waterjet-machine.comEmail:CEO@waterjet-machine.comService Hotline: +86-757-82710982Address: Nanzhuang, Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong ProvinceNo. 70, Xinyuan Second Road, Geely High-tech Industrial Park
Turkish sculptor Serdar Kaynak has made duality one of his central themes The artist is particularly interested in the duality of contrast and reciprocal dependenceTurkish sculptor Serdar Kaynak conveyed that he was no master of the English language when we contacted him on the phone but we encouraged him to tell us something about himself. In the end our English was barely sufficient to understand all he had to tell us in his curriculum.The basic question is: should this be a problem? Must the editors of Stone-Ideas.com comment each and every artist?In the case of Serdar Kaynak we politely decline. Just a few key points of interest: his place of birth is the city of Çorum. He completed his studies of fine arts at the Anadolo University in Eskişehir and obtained his master’s degree at Mimar Sinan University Istanbul. He boasts a number of exhibits and many of his works adorn public spaces, museums and private homes. Serdar Kaznak works from his studio in Istanbul.His key theme is duality which interests him particularly because of the contrasts and interdependence. — END —YONGDA, Do my best to you!WEB: www.waterjet-machine.comEmail:CEO@waterjet-machine.comService Hotline: +86-757-82710982Address: Nanzhuang, Chancheng District, Foshan City, Guangdong ProvinceNo. 70, Xinyuan Second Road, Geely High-tech Industrial Park
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