Oxford’s Institute of Digital Archaeology has decided to “clone” the Parthenon marbles in Athens
The “clone” sculpture, made in Carrara, as a challenge to the British Museum in London
In the early 19th century, Thomas Bruce, Scottish statesman and seventh Earl of Elgin, had the frieze from the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens ripped off and shipped to Britain.
And so it was that, beginning in 1817, the Parthenon friezes, claimed in vain for decades by Greece, were “housed” in London within the British Museum in London.
While the dispute continues, the Institute of Digital Archaeology in Oxford, has today decided to “clone” them life-size and then display them in close proximity to the British Museum.
The “clone” sculpture is the work of the TorArt laboratory, a Carrara-based company specializing in robotic sculpture.
The scans used for the copy were not made by scanning the originals but are derived from digital images taken with iPhones and iPads by Institute technicians acting as tourists.