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The Goddess by artist José Clara
Housed in the reserves of Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, France, the original artwork made in plaster is damaged (collapses and cracks). We performed a 3d scan of the original plaster using an Artec3d EVA scanner to have a starting point for the digital restoration. We used an haptic device with a digital clay software (Geomagic Freeform) to perform the digital restoration to fit with how the artwork looked like back in 1909. Then, the 3D restored model was sent to a 7 axis robot able to carve in stone. After 5 weeks of 3D machining and 1 week of hand finishing by Mr Ghislain Moret de Rocheprise from the Lithias company, the sculpture was revealed to the public the 10th of September 2018 on the Mage square in Toulouse, France. This is a great example of how 3d technologies and digital preservation can help to save our heritage.