3D has become a new and powerful form of scholarly expression and communication. The mission of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory is to apply these new tools not only as interactive illustrations but also as heuristic instruments of discovery. The scope of our interests – as implied by the phrase “World Heritage” – includes the entire human record. The focus of our investigations, as is suggested by the phrase “Virtual World” – is the 3D scientific simulation and how it can make possible experiences and experiments that – short of time travel – would otherwise not be possible.
The uffizi Digitization Project
The Virtual World Heritage Laboratory (VWHL), based in in the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, in collaboration with partners at the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Florence will undertake the 3D digitization of the complete collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, and Boboli Gardens on behalf of the Gallerie degli Uffizi. Totaling some 1,250 works of art, it is the third largest collection of its kind in an Italian state museum.
Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project
From 2007 to 2012 The Virtual World Heritage Laboratory created a 3D digital model of Hadrian’s Villa, a World Heritage site located in Tivoli (Italy), as it appeared toward the end of the lifetime of the emperor Hadrian (AD 76-138).
The Digital Sculpture Project
The Digital Sculpture Project 3D digital modeling often encounters a barrier when confronted with the kind of complex geometry that characterizes most sculpture. Through its Digital Sculpture Project, the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory is pioneering new solutions and applications
The Digital Atzompa Project
The Atzompa Project is a collaboration between INAH and the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory (VWHL). The primary focus of the project is the creation of 3d models at various scales of significant cultural heritage artifacts, monuments, and the entire site. INAH plans to use these models as aids to the scientific analysis of the site and as assets for public outreach and education.
Virtual Meridian of Augustus Project
IDIA Lab virtual celestial simulator and 3D interpretation of the Meridian of August in ancient Rome. Project commissioned by the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory at Indiana University, directed by Bernard Frischer.