Non-contact replication using 3D recording
Original classical marble bust on left, with a replica shown before patination
Conservation Technologies specialises in creating highly accurate replica sculpture through the precise use of non-contact 3D recording techniques and subsequent manufacture into both synthetic and real materials such as marble, limestone and bronze. Skilled conservators then provide a hand-finish to the work, creating an authentic patina.
Replica sculpture is produced to the highest specification possible, enabling high value and rare artworks to be accessed and utilised without the risk of physical damage to the original. Such replicas have been created by Conservation Technologies for inclusion in museum exhibitions, to replace artworks removed from their original locations (due to threats from weathering, pollution and theft), to aid restoration of sculpture and to generate income for museums.
Two unfinished plaster replicas of an 18th century marble bust of the architect Gibbs
Conservation Technologies were highly commended by the 2004 Museums and Heritage Show Awards for Excellence in the use of Technology for their part in replicating a Roman marble bust of the emperor Caligula.
Laser scanning was used to create a precise 3D digital model of the sculpture, from which a high quality replica was created in marble for the Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen. The replica bust was used to demonstrate the use of colour in Classical sculpture.
Discover more about how we copied the sculpture of Caligula and watch a video of the replication process in our Copying Caligula online feature.
For further information contact Dr Martin Cooper or email the conservation technologies department.