3D Replicas: National Constitution Center display
Through March 13.
The Cabell Big Screen features models of artifacts created by VCU’s Virtual Creation Laborary.
The display, “Philadelphia 1787,” opened in January as part of the center’s main exhibit, which pieces together life in Philadelphia at the time of the birth of a new nation. The exhibit features more than 80 artifacts dating to the 18th century that were excavated in Philadelphia before construction of the National Constitution Center.
As part of the exhibit, visitors are invited to “touch the past” by interacting with 3-D-printed artifact replicas created in the Virtual Curation Laboratory, part of VCU’s School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. The lab focuses on the 3-D scanning and 3-D printing of historic and archaeological objects, including many notable artifacts from museums across Virginia and around the world.
“This 3-D scanning and 3-D printing project with the National Constitution Center is the type of relationship that I like to foster between the Virtual Curation Laboratory and our partners in the cultural heritage community,” said Bernard Means, Ph.D., director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory and an instructor of anthropology. “VCU students are given the opportunity to work with replicas of significant artifacts important to our nation’s history and make a contribution that will enrich people who visit the National Constitution Center.” More