Digital reconstruction of a Parthenon metope
Conservation Technologies was commissioned by the British Museum to laser scan one of the 92 metopes from the Parthenon and two plaster casts of heads believed to have once belonged to the metope.
Conservation Technologies undertook laser scanning in the Duveen Gallery and stores of the British Museum and produced three highly accurate 3D computer models of the pieces. Using specialist software, Conservation Technologies was then able to digitally 'reattach' the heads to the metope showing how they would have appeared originally.
The British Museum then digitally 'replaced' missing pieces of the metope and applied colour to the 3D model to show how the metope might once have appeared. The British Museum has created an animation showing the 'reconstruction' of the metope, which visitors to the museum are now able to watch in the gallery. Further information about the animation is on the BBC News website.
Have a look at images taken during the reconstruction process in the image gallery.