By Dr. Mark Osterman, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, USA
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens will present the museum’s work funded by a Knight Foundation Museums and Technology grant. Through this project Vizcaya created a model for adapting 3D documentation technologies to interactive experiences that expand the community’s access to our collections and increase opportunities for discovery. Bridging established preservation technologies with interpretive digital technologies we created an innovative approach to conservation, accessibility and interpretation.
Related to conservation 3D documentation provides a permanent archive for predictive modeling, digital restoration, and other conservation efforts. Moving forward this data can be used to recreate, reimagine, visualize, and even reconstruct objects and architectural elements for visitor engagement and research purposes. For accessibility, 3D documentation and printing not only allows the original architectural element or object to be preserved and safe from close contact, but also enables visitors to be more active and engaged participants in exploring these elements. Moreover, the touchable, 3D replicas will transform the experience for visitors with vision impairments or other related disabilities. For interpretation, using 3D documentation and interactive technology allows visitors to freely explore and learn about aspects of the museum. As visitors virtually explore parts of Vizcaya they learn about its history and narratives along with ideas related to conservation and sustainability.