Digitizing cultural heritage

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Cultural heritage artifacts have always had a natural distance to its audience. Because objects are often fragile or due to how popular they are, the number of curious fingers would quickly ruin the artifact. To offer museum guests a unique opportunity to feel the life of the original owner of a given artifact, Rigsters teamed up with the National Museum of Denmark to scan, 3D-print and ultimately reproduce the 800-year-old the Greenlandic Bishop of Gardar’s Crosier.


Children taking part in an educational expedition to Greenland could now hold a live replica of the crosier carried by the bishop more than 800 years ago, which offers a unique and hands-on interaction with a historical artifact.

More about the Bishop of Gardar’s Crosier

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The replica was 3D printed and hand-painted in full scale, for people to hold and feel and used in the project ‘Expedition to Greenland’, taking students on a journey through the historical trajectory of Greenland.


The 3D scanning took place in the summer of 2016, back when we first experimented with our first prototype of the automated camera rig. The final capture took about 3 minutes, while 5 DSLR cameras where simultaneously rotated around the Crosier. In order to get the maximal amount of detail possible, the rig was reconfigured for close-up capture.

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