Two artists, Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles have secretly scanned the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti bust and released the files online for those that are interested in re-creating this amazing piece of history the ability to do so using a 3D printer or similar.
The pair used a Microsoft Kinect scanning system and secretly 3D scanned the artefact to free the 3D imagery of Nefertiti back into the public domain, check out the videos below to see the process and the finished results.
The 3Ders website explains more :
This covert operation was part of an artistic intervention they titled “The Other Nefertiti”. To them, it was an act to free information by means of making cultural objects publicly available to all.
And that’s exactly what they did. Three months after the 3D scan was taken, they released both a high resolution downloadable torrent and a direct download link to their 3D scan of the ancient queen on their project website. Within 24 hours, over 1,000 people had downloaded the file and have since continued sharing it with other digital art collectors, academic institutions and businesses around the world.
In addition to making the 3D digital copy available online to download and remix, the duo also 3D printed a high-resolution copy of the bust using a resin 3D printer and put it up for display at the American University of Cairo. The pair suggest that while the museum has a scanned copy of the bust in their possession, it isn’t anything that they’ve ever made freely available to the public. Additionally, while the artists believe the museum knows about their project, the Neues Museum has yet to make any public statement regarding the digital heist.
Visit the artists website for more details and to download the files to create your very own. Or jump over to the The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thingiverse page for more historic artefacts you can 3D print.