Re-Creating Rushmore

Sculptors took 14 years to carve the presidential heads on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, finishing in 1941. In 2010 imaging specialists with high-speed laser scanners covered nearly every inch of the surface in 16 days—the first step in making an identical 3-D digital model, a new tool in the conservation of cultural treasures.

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Point Cloud

Meshing

3-D Modeling

John Baxter, Todd James, John Tomanio, and Matthew Twombly, NGM Staff; Amanda Hobbs
Sources: Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation; CyArk; Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art; Fourfront Design; Historic Scotland; National Park Service; Respec; Wyss Associates