Around the World in 80 Models: Moscow

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Hop on board as we continue our journey Around the World in 80 Models! We began our itinerary at Sketchfab headquarters in New York and are working our way through Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America, and North America. To catch up on past destinations, check out the rest of the Around the World in 80 Models series.

This week we leave China for Moscow, where Artec3D shows us a scanned statue in one of the city’s Chinese tea rooms.

Moscow, Russia: Lu Yu

We are Artec3D and we are a 3D hardware and software company, specializing in professional-grade handheld 3D scanners.

We’ve been in the industry for just over a decade. Our newest generation scanners are Artec Eva, for making fast, accurate scans of medium to large objects (like a person, or a motorcycle exhaust system) and Artec Space Spider, a metrological scanner for capturing small, detailed objects (or small areas) with very high precision. We used Space Spider to scan this statue in order to capture all the fine, intricate detailing.

This statue was black and shiny, two attributes that can cause difficulties for 3D scanners. The back of the statue is also featureless. However, Space Spider has no problem capturing black objects and the shiny, featureless areas were easily captured, thanks to the new, powerful tracking in Artec Studio 10 scanning and processing software.

The statue is of Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea, an important cultural figure in China, remembered and revered for developing Chinese tea culture in the 8th century. Many of his methods of cultivating, brewing and drinking tea are used in China today and you can almost always find a statue of Lu Yu in Chinese tearooms. This statue stands in a small, idyllic Chinese tea room in Moscow, offering peaceful sanctuary in the center of a bustling metropolis.

To check out more of Artec 3D’s models here on Sketchfab, check out their profile!

About the author


Abby & Néstor

Abby and Néstor are Sketchfab Masters.
Abby Crawford, Ph.D. is trained in and passionate about Roman Archaeology and works as a freelance artifact illustrator and 3D scanner in California.
Néstor F. Marqués is a virtual Heritage & cultural diffusion researcher, and an enthusiast of ancient Rome’s culture.

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