You Can Now Download and 3D Print Your Own Copies of Historic Art [includes slideshows]

Lincoln 3D

Lincoln 3D Scans is a project by artist Oliver Laric along with the Collection Museum and Usher Gallery in Lincoln, UK, which has seen Laric sort “through their archives and chose dozens of objects to scan, from busts of Beethoven, Dante, and Einstein to pieces of furniture to a human pelvis bone.”

He used the archives to create 52 3D models then published them online as rotating GIFs, “stripped of color and looking like a kind of digital styrofoam version of itself,” presented as a “First Look” online exhibition by the New Museum. STL files are provided for users to download to then print the 3D art copies.


Nymph Untying Her Sandal by John Gibson

“The project aims at making the collection available to an audience outside of its geographic proximity and to treat the objects as starting points for new works,” Laric explains on the site’s Info page. “All models can be downloaded and used without copyright restrictions.” In other words, go forth, remix, and copy, with the museum’s blessing. [Hyperallergic]

The project is extended with the artist asking users to email in their creations and they will be included in an online gallery.

They’re a mixed bag, from an uninspiring video that zooms in, out, and around one of the objects cast in silver to a delightfully trippy animated GIF of Einstein’s head. Most people don’t seem to have printed out the objects (I suppose 3D printers are not that ubiquitous just yet) but rather have taken to animating and toying with them in virtual 3D space.

Check out more GIFs from the collection in the slideshow below:

You can also check out some user creations in the slideshow below:

* Image and GIFs via Hyperallergic and