In 'Alien', a scale copy of 'David'

May 30 2017

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Picture: vam.ac.uk

When the film director Ridley Scott wanted a full-scale and accurate replica of Michelangelo's 'David' for his latest film 'Alien: Covenant', his crew turned to the plaster cast at the V&A in London. Scanning it took 8 hours:

Normally this would require building scaffolding around the object, but due to the sensitive nature of the other museum artifacts this could be difficult. They decided to scan the sculpture from the floor and the gallery above using a telescopic tripod from different positions. The multiple scans were then melded together to form a high density highly actuate, virtual copy of the sculpture.

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