Deep Space: Cultural Heritage

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The wanton destruction of significant cultural sites in the Near East by ISIS terrorists remind us how important it is to preserve—at least digitally—these symbols of cultural consciousness for future generations and to make them accessible to the general public. There are several crews equipped with 3D laser technology traveling the world to scan in statues, buildings or entire architectural ensembles and thus preserve these priceless cultural treasures for posterity. The results of these efforts are huge quantities of points—so-called point clouds—that can be displayed as three-dimensional visualizations. Deep Space 8K now lets visitors behold virtual reconstructions of historical sites in 3D and walk through them in the truest sense of the word. This is made possible by a point cloud renderer & viewer that the Ars Electronica Futurelab specially enhanced for 8K image resolution.




The virtual reconstruction of the synagogue in Linz

As part of his diploma thesis, René Mathe has set the goal of virtual reconstruction of the synagogue in order to make it accessible to today’s view. His work is the basis for the 3-D visualization by the Ars Electronica Futurelab, which allows a virtual tour through the Linz Synagogue in the Deep Space 8K.

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(Deutsch) Eisenbahnbrücke Linz

(Deutsch) Eleben Sie im Deep Space 8K die 3-D-Visualisierung der Eisenbahnbrücke und erfahren Sie interessante Fakten zum Thema Forschung, Technologie und Geschichte rund um den Stahlbau.

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Pacher Altar

For more than half a millennium the altar of St. Wolfgang expresses the latest highlights of medieval art creation before the Reformation. Now the Linz photographer Florian Voggeneder has made a high-resolution gigapixel of the Pacher-Altar.

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Kefermarkter Altar

The Kefermarkt winged altar is one of the major works of the Gothic period in German-speaking countries. In the Deep Space we present this special altar as a gigapixel of the photographer Florian Voggeneder.

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Rome’s Invisible City in 3D: A BBC Film

Rome’s Invisible City in 3D is a BBC film made in collaboration with ScanLAB Projects. It uses ultra-high-definition, colour scanning to precisely capture a 3D pointcloud of streets, buildings and hidden underground spaces in vivid detail.

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The colorful spectrum includes the ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala, the cathedral of Beauvais, France, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park in the U.S., and St. Sebald, a medieval church in Nuremberg, Germany.

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The Scottish Ten

The Scottish Ten is a five-year project that aims to create extraordinarily precise digital models of the five UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites located in Scotland and five heritage sites in other countries.

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In the footsteps of the Romans in Upper Austria

The technological progress does not pass by archaeology without any trace. Therefore, the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum counts on 3-D laser scanning when it comes to digitize excavations or entire streets.

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Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is a 11.1-centimetre (4.4 in) high statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. It was found in 1908 near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near the town of Krems.

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According to the legend, in the 18th century, Maria Theresa of Austria had precious miniatures showing scenes of the lives of Indian Mughal rulers during the 16th and 17th centuries brought from Constantinople to Vienna. Today, these miniatures adorned with gilded frames decorate the walls of the Millionenzimmer at the Schönbrunn Palace.

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Ceiling fresco in the Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig (Stift Göttweig)

The Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig is perched prominently on a hill 429 m above sea level, situated on the eastern edge of the Wachau – a world famous stretch of the Danube Valley. In Deep Space 8K you can enjoy high-resolution gigapixel images of this unique baroque masterpiece!

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(Deutsch) Betrachten Sie das wohl berühmteste Salzfass aus dem 16. Jahrhundert aus nächster Nähe.

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The trompe l’œil ceiling of Sant’Ignazio

(Deutsch) Das berühmte Deckenfresko aus dem Jahr 1685 lässt Malerei und reale Architektur verschmelzen.

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Passion Christi

(Deutsch) Die Lebens- und Leidensgeschichte Christi, dargestellt vom Renaissance-Maler Gaudenzio Ferrari in atemberaubenden Detailaufnahmen.

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Dome painting of the Holy Family Parish Church

(Deutsch) Sehen Sie das Kuppelgemälde der Pfarrkirche Heilige Familie in Linz als hochauflösendes Gigapixelbild im Deep Space.

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La Grande Odalisque

(Deutsch) La Grande Odalisque ist ein Ölgemälde aus dem Jahr 1814 des französischen Malers Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

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(Deutsch) Die Venus – ein beliebtes Motiv für Maler wie Lucas Cranach der Ältere – ist hochauflösend im Deep Space zu sehen.

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Mona Lisa

(Deutsch) Wer kennt es nicht, das berühmte Gemälde von Leonardo da Vinci? Werfen Sie im Deep Space einen Blick auf die Details.

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The Voynich Manuscript

(Deutsch) Das Voynich-Manuskript ist ein Schriftstück, dessen genaues Alter, Herkunft und Autor unbekannt sind.

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