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September 12, 2011

3D remembrances of Sept. 11, 2011

Using last week’s “Lidar as art” post as a jumping off point, I became interested in the ways in which people were using 3D data capture and imaging to memorialize and remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. This week’s video blog collects a few of the better videos and models that show the way that 3D can help connect the digital world to the real world. 

Looking back on 9/11 with this 3D lens is interesting to me personally. I imagine many of us were in very different places 10 years ago, but as the editor of an arts and entertainment paper, I can tell you it was not in my realm of possibilities that I’d be editing an online publication dedicated to 3D data capture technology. I certainly couldn’t have told you what lidar was. There were probably only a handful of true 3D laser scanners in existence, right? SPAR did not yet even exist. 

But go ahead and watch the video blog – you can hear my story about oysters and see some great visualizations of Ground Zero:


Links for further reference:

• Here’s the full video of Munson’s 3D triptych (that spinning model that was printed out)

• Here’s the virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum 

• Here’s the construction virtualization video

• Here’s the animated construction time-lapse of Freedom Tower

(By the way, I recommend killing the sound on these in general – it’s techno dance music most of the time.)

• Here’s the Woodward Gallery show using lidar as art (they’ve just added some ground-based images of the current site that are pretty cool)

• Here’s a link where you can donate to Tuesday’s Children, my personal favorite 9/11-based charity. It breaks my heart to think of all the kids who lost parents that day.

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