Ting Food Vessel, 3D scan
Ting Food Vessel, 3D scan

3D Shop Director Don Myhre recently showed Jennifer Brooks of the Star Tribune around MCAD's 3D Shop and chatted with her about his practice.

Myhre and his wife, Christina Ridolfi, use precise laser scanning and 3D printing technology to create "dollhouse-sized replicas" of endangered art and architecture. This makes it possible for beloved buildings and works to live on long after they are gone, and allows for the public to interact with the replicas. In fact, they have worked with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) to scan artwork, which gives visually impaired visitors a chance to appreciate all of the details in a piece of art. “For the public, it’s as close as you’ll ever come to holding a 2,000-year-old Chinese vessel in your hands,” said Dan Dennehy, senior photographer and head of visual resources at Mia. These scans can also be seen on Mia's SketchFab page.

From a weather-beaten sculpture at Frank Lloyd Wright's former southwestern Wisconsin home to decaying historic structures surrounding Isle Royale National Park, Myhre and Ridolfi have travelled throughout the Midwest to preserve vulnerable work through new technology.

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