Creative Producer, Special Projects,
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Virtual reconstruction; ancient Olympia; museum; three dimensions; web site; laser scan; anaglyph glasses; zoomable; panoramic; object movies
This paper results from a recently completed project that augmented an Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney entitled 1000 Years of the Olympic Games: treasures of ancient Greece (July 18 - November 18, 2000). This Exhibition offered an exciting opportunity to supplement the traditional experience of the visitor by the introduction of virtual reality components. These included a 3D digital reconstruction of the archaeological site of Olympia in 200 BC, the laser scan of the famous statue of Zeus from the archaeological museum in Athens, and the construction of a large-scale web (http://www.phm.gov.au/ancient_greek_olympics) that delivers these Exhibition components with a host of other information sources and interpretive information.
It is through the web site that we enter the ancient sanctuary of gods of Olympia, witness Zeus the wielder of the thunderbolts, and walk the archaeological site of Olympia as it appears today.
This web and associated works has received awards based on the sites combination of rigorous scholarship, and the use of state-of-the-art technologies.
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