The U.K.’s sculptures to be digitized by 2020

July 10, 2017

Art UK is undertaking an ambitious initiative to catalogue the U.K.’s national sculpture collection. In a first attempt for any country, the U.K. will digitize its nation’s sculptures, totaling around 170,000 items, by 2020. 

Horse and Rider - 1993 by Eoghan Bridge, Rutland Court, Edinburgh, © the artist, photo credit: Katey Goodwin
Horse and Rider - 1993 by Eoghan Bridge, Rutland Court, Edinburgh, © the artist, photo credit: Katey Goodwin

This three-year project will focus on sculpture of the last thousand years. All objects will be recorded and most will be photographed, some in 3D.

The UK’s national sculpture collection is drawn from all over the world – a truly global collection and arguably the greatest in existence. However, a significant proportion is not on display and little of it is photographed. Many public monuments are not fully recorded and are at risk.

In conjunction with seven partners, Art UK – a charity, with the aim of sharing art to enrich peoples’ lives, will display the body of work on its website by 2020.

Visit the Art UK website to read more.

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