Around the World in 80 Models: Christchurch

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Hop on board as we continue our journey Around the World in 80 Models! We began our itinerary at Sketchfab headquarters in New York and are working our way through Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, and North America. To catch up on past destinations, check out the rest of the Around the World in 80 Models series.

This week we are in New Zealand, where land surveyor Guillaume Clin tells us about a model he made that captures the spirit of renewal in Christchurch after the 2010 earthquakes.

Christchurch, New Zealand: Tranquility

My moniker is a typical French name: Guillaume Clin. While I call France home, for the past four years I’ve made a life by surveying across the globe in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and currently in New Zealand. I’ve always been passionate about new technology in and outside of my job. I wouldn’t call myself an artist; I haven’t molded clay with my hands or thrown paint on a canvas. Perhaps you could call me a 21st century artist, one who replicates artworks as a virtual 3D model through technology. As a land surveyor, I am often asked to recreate the tactile into a virtual world for designers, but these methods using the Leica P30 laser scanner are quite costly, although very effective. Due to my love for 3D models, I wanted to find a method that could be done without high cost and expensive equipment, and I found one by using my GoPro and Olympus Stylus camera to create a finished product. Using GoPro I was able to create a timelapse while moving around a specific object. In addition, my Olympus Stylus allowed me to zoom in on intricate details. This technique required understanding of photogrammetry to transform 2D images into a 3D model. I learned this technique in France while studying at ENSG (École Nationale des Science Geographique) and furthered my development by watching Webinars.

At the beginning, the model Tranquility was only a test. I spoke with a friend and talented photographer Constanza Flores, and we wanted to give our best shot at 3D models. We went around Christchurch to find a model and took a few pictures. I processed the sculpture using the Recap program and just like magic, the model was created overnight. In the past I had attempted to make a few models using default systems, but I was pleased with the quality and detail from the final model when using Recap. I wanted to share the image and the success with the program, so I perused a few different sites and found Sketchfab to be the best option. I decided to start uploading the model, but I ran into some difficulties when the size of the file was bigger than the free version allowed. So unfortunately I had to reduce the size and sacrifice a bit of the resolution but I was still very happy to share it as it was. I am currently using the pro version of Sketchfab, so hopefully I’ve resolved any resolution issues.

The reason I chose to start replicating items across Christchurch was due to the massive earthquakes in 2010. After the destruction caused by the earthquakes, people started to create projects to make life a bit better while the rebuild was happening. The original artist of Tranquility was Llew Summers, and I believe his sculptures have helped give happiness to a broken city.
I hope you will enjoy the model and hopefully you start following me. The more followers I gain, the more motivation I will have to work with the heritage in Christchurch.

To see more of Guillaume’s models here on Sketchfab, check out his profile!

About the author

Abby & Néstor

Abby and Néstor are Sketchfab Masters.
Abby Crawford, Ph.D. is trained in and passionate about Roman Archaeology and works as a freelance artifact illustrator and 3D scanner in California.
Néstor F. Marqués is a virtual Heritage & cultural diffusion researcher, and an enthusiast of ancient Rome’s culture.


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