By delving into their collections and digitising artefacts, museums have opened up a whole new dimension: a storehouse of 3D-scanned objects. What are the opportunities that present themselves when these 3D files become accessible to the public? Can each object be an open-catalogue for re-use?
In the age of the ‘digital craftsman’, every artefact can be reimagined, re-made and given a new use. The function, shapes, and detailing can be re-worked, becoming new things.
Taking ‘stockholm-font.stl’ as the source file, a digital copy of a plaster font from the V&A Museum, and reconfiguring the file into a collection of household items, speculating on how objects once reserved for the museum can be ‘democratised’ and enter the homes and gardens of the public. Scaled down into a bucket or stretched into a dustpan and brush: any artefact can have a new existence.
Stockholm-font.stl, became a plate, a sideplate, a mug, a dogbowl, a bucket, a plantpot, a washing up bowl and a brush.
With thanks to: Samuel Picot for 3D modelling and rendering.