What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

3D Replicas Of Famous Sculptures, Printed At Home

July 2, 2013, 9:00 AM
Shutterstock_109863872

What’s the Latest Development?

Cosmo Wenman has spent the last year or so visiting some of the world’s great museums and taking pictures of well-known sculptures from as many different angles as possible. Averaging over 200 snaps per artwork, he admits that security guards “think I look like just a really enthusiastic photographer.” However, his goal is far greater: He is converting the images into files that can be used with a 3D printer to create at-home copies, and plans to make the files publicly available. Currently he’s using Kickstarter to raise money for a trip to Switzerland’s Skulpturhalle Basel Museum, which has invited him to scan their artworks.

What’s the Big Idea?

Once the exclusive work of archivists, famous sculptures can now be replicated by anyone with access to a 3D printer, and as printer prices drop, more people will follow in Wenman’s footsteps. To sidestep copyrights, he is only offering files of antiquities, but he looks forward to seeing where creative people might take his data. “[I]t seems very analogous to the potential behind the Napster-like free-for-all of unauthorized reproduction and sharing and remixing of music…If there’s a possibility for there to be…a new sort of energy level in sculptural art, that is very interesting to me.”

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at The Atlantic Cities

 

 

3D Replicas Of Famous Sculp...

Newsletter: Share: