Feb 20, 2018 | By Tess

Though most people will know it for its painting selfie app, Google Arts and Culture is a pretty amazing online platform, giving people access to some of the world’s greatest pieces of art and finding creative ways to bring historical art into our modern, technological society.

Most recently, Google Arts and Culture unveiled a series of 10 3D printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum (CSMVS) in Mumbai, India. The 3D printed vases are part of the platform’s wider “Future Relics” project, which was launched in November 2017 and is aimed at blending age-old crafting methods with modern technologies to create, well, relics of the future.

Each of the 10 3D printed vases is adorned with one of Google Arts and Culture’s future relic keywords, which were obtained by asking museum visitors what contemporary object they would like archaeologists 1,000 years from now to find. The words are: mobile, car, computer, books, can, utensils, spectacles, plastic, gold, and soil.

The vases themselves were designed using CAD software and were subsequently 3D printed using a custom ceramic additive manufacturing process. The post-processing, which consisted of a glaze, was done by ceramic artist Padma Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit.

“We are very happy to be engaged in a project where cutting-edge future technology is married perfectly with the contemporary glazing style and traditional kiln firing process,” said Pandit. “This is definitely pushing the ability of artistic creation!”

Simon Rein, Program Manager at Google Arts and Culture, echoed the excitement by saying: We are proud to be part of the landmark exhibition with CSMVS. The idea was to engage with visitors directly through an interactive installation about how they want our everyday culture today to be remembered in the future.”

The 3D printed vases, which are displayed as part of CSMVS’ “India and the World: A History in Nine Stories” exhibition, marks one of Google Arts and Culture’s many collaborations with Indian institutions. Presently, the online platform is collaborating with over 50 cultural institutions in the country to organize digital exhibits.

Globally, Google Arts and Culture has partnerships with over 1,700 institutions.

(Images: Google India blog)



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