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Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela

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Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Digitally Preserve 4 Historic Sites in Venezuela
Escultura
Escultura

Thank you to all of our sustaining donors & those who have just found our campaign — we are thrilled to have you all on board. Here’s a general overview of where we stand with Digitizing Cultural Heritage & Historic Sites in Venezuela as of September 2019.

Our work on the San Rafael de Mucuchíes Chapel, built by Juan Félix Sánchez from 1980 - 1984, is still underway. Our team of photographers is due to revisit the chapel now that the rainy season is over sometime in the next coming months. Once we receive their photos, we will add them to our existing model in order to clean up and enhance any spaces that might not have gotten the best coverage on our first visit.

We have also made many more models out of the images sent to us from volunteer photographers at the Quinta de Anauco Colonial Art Museum and the Palacio de las Academias in Caracas. Images and descriptions are attached below.

Additionally, we’ve begun phase 2 of our work at the University City in Caracas. Here, one of our volunteer photographers instructs current students at the university on the techniques behind photogrammetry and the benefits of digital cultural preservation. See some of the models attached in our images!

If you would like to see more models and images from our work in Venezuela, please visit our collections page (link below).

Again, thank you so much to all our supporters & donors — we couldn’t do it without you!

Mural
Mural
Custodia
Custodia
San Miguel Arcangel
San Miguel Arcangel
Atleta
Atleta

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Thank you to all of our sustaining donors & those who have just found our campaign — we are thrilled to have you all on board. Here’s a general overview of where we stand with Digitizing Cultural Heritage & Historic Sites in Venezuela.  

Our work on the San Rafael de Mucuchíes Chapel, built by Juan Félix Sánchez from 1980 - 1984, is still underway. We had a team together and ready to reshoot the Chapel this Spring, but unfortunately electricity issues in the area caused another delay, and we are now scheduled to reshoot the church in the fall..

We are awaiting hard drive shipments from Venezuela, but due to the increased instability in the country over the past couple of months, it has been difficult getting shipments to and from the country. Rest assured, we are exploring all our options and hope to begin solving new models from the Palace of the Academies and Quinta de Anauco Colonial Art Museum very soon.

As such, we unfortunately don’t have any new images to share...but please do head to our collections pages on our website (link attached) to view all of our Venezuela projects.

Again, thank you so much to all our supporters & donors — we couldn’t do it without you!

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El Calvario - Model #1
El Calvario - Model #1

Thank you to all of our sustaining donors & those who have just found our campaign — we are thrilled to have you all on board. Here’s a general overview of where we stand with Digitizing Cultural Heritage & Historic Sites in Venezuela.  

Our work on the San Rafael de Mucuchíes Chapel, built by Juan Félix Sánchez from 1980 - 1984, is well underway. We will be sending photographers to the area to do reshoots on the chapel now that the rainy season is over, as well as having them capture the El Tisure Complex. Models will be put together sometime in the next coming months once we receive the images.

We have begun photogrammetry at the Palace of the Academies in Caracas, an essential building that headquarters 4 other National Academies within the country, are still underway. These academies all house significant documents, sculptures, paintings, and antique furniture. Attached are behind the scenes photos of our photographers in the museum. We are excited to solve these models & share them!

Our workshops in the El Calvario barrio were a huge success. The community members of the town chose which iconic cultural artifacts/structures/statues to capture, and we have created 3D models from their images. We also hosted a workshop called "El Calvario Puertas Abiertas" (Open doors to El Calvario) in which children were taught about the importance of cultural heritage in the community. Attached are some of the models we have made from El Calvario.

We have also successfully been churning out models from our work at the Quinta de Anauco Colonial Art Museum — attached are a few of those models.

Lastly, we’d like to announce a forthcoming update to our website. We have partnered with Libnova in our to create a DAM (digital asset management) platform for all Arc/k supporters & viewers to access our models, including our work with Venezuela. We have been working closely with Libnova to fine tune our archive database and make it available to academics, volunteers, and the general public alike, in order to interact with our ever growing collection of 3D models. It’s our hope that by making the data behind each solve as transparent as possible it will allow scholars to utilize this knowledge to the fullest to move preservation initiatives forward in the community. We should be releasing the site to the public within the coming months and will be sure to share it with you all.

Again, thank you so much to all our supporters & donors — we couldn’t do it without you!

El Calvario - Model #2
El Calvario - Model #2
Quinta de Anauco - Model #1
Quinta de Anauco - Model #1
Quinta de Anauco - Model #2
Quinta de Anauco - Model #2
Behind The Scenes - Palace of Academies
Behind The Scenes - Palace of Academies
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Percussion Instrument (Dancing Devils)
Percussion Instrument (Dancing Devils)

Thank you to all of our sustaining donors & those who have just found our campaign — we are thrilled to have you all on board. Here’s a general overview of where we stand with Digitizing Cultural Heritage & Historic Sites in Venezuela.  

Our work on the San Rafael de Mucuchíes Chapel, built by Juan Félix Sánchez from 1980 - 1984, is still on hold for the moment as we wait for the rainy season in Venezuela to pass. Once the weather permits (probably around February) our volunteer photographers will travel back to the chapel in order to capture details & angles of the structure we may have missed before. A completed model is still on track to be finished by mid 2019.

Our work with the Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi continues in Yare, Venezuela. The Venezuelan manifestations of the Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi were recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. Our rough solves of the House of Culture of Yare, Plaza Bolívar de Yare & San Francisco de Paula Church are on track to be completed by mid 2019, as we are waiting on our volunteer photographers to return to the area to photograph more details & angles. We are now working on completing solves of cultural items like masks, mask molds, percussion instruments, costumes, and more (see attached photos for our first round of models!) but will need our photographers to travel back to Yare in the coming months in order to do reshoots. We are hoping to have these completed by next summer.

Our talks with the Palace of the Academies in Caracas, an essential building that headquarters 4 other National Academies within the country, are still underway. These academies all house significant documents, sculptures, paintings, and antique furniture. We have the permits and the interest of the director of the Palace of the Academies. We have worked with them on the logistics, on the team, and are almost ready to start. The people at the Academies are defining a list of 50 objects/documents/artworks to shoot.  Since they will be closed from next week until January 10th, the activities are scheduled to start in mid-January.

We have begun our workshops in El Calvario barrio. The community members of the town have chosen which iconic cultural artifacts/structures/statues to capture, and we are in the process of receiving images of these items in order to create 3D models. They have chosen the Grotto of the Virgin Mary, Plaza de la Cruz, a local bodega and a cooperativa, the Maria May school facade, and so much more. They are having an open house for the community in late December where we are expected to show some of the initial photogrammetry solves on a projector in front of the community and to visitors. It's called "El Calvario Puertas Abiertas" (Open doors to El Calvario). We will be spending the next month completing these models, and will be sharing in the early months of the New Year.

Cement Mold for Masks (Dancing Devils)
Cement Mold for Masks (Dancing Devils)
Dancing Devils Mask
Dancing Devils Mask
El Calvario Workshop Photos
El Calvario Workshop Photos

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Thank you so much to everyone who supported our very first GlobalGiving campaign! We are so honored and humbled to have made $7025, $2K more than our goal. Because of your contributions, we’ve been able to make great progress on our project goals.  

Our photographers Marinela & Samuel traveled to the remote mountains of the Andes in Mérida state to capture the historic San Rafael de Mucuchíes Chapel, built by Juan Félix Sánchez from 1980 - 1984. This chapel shows off the unique construction technique developed by Sánchez, an artist who had no formal studies. He built it stacking local stones according to its shape and color, without any finishing. The artist and his partner, Epifania Gil, are buried under this chapel. The chapel has unfortunately suffered from damages and wear over the years, with tourists traveling to the site stealing rocks from the building as souvenirs. Our photographers will return to this site to cover areas of the interior/exterior that didn’t solve well and also to cover the El Tisure Complex in the area, and we are hoping to have a completed model of the chapel in early 2019.

Photographers, Luis C., Luis D., and Gustavo M. traveled to Yare, Venezuela to capture the Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi ritual, a religious festivity celebrated in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela. The Venezuelan manifestations of the Dancing Devils of Corpus Christi were recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. We were able to complete rough solves of the House of Culture of Yare, Plaza Bolívar de Yare & San Francisco de Paula Church. We are working on completing solves of cultural items like masks, mask molds, percussion instruments, costumes, and more, but will need our photographers to travel back to Yare in the coming months in order to do reshoots. We are hoping to have these completed by next summer.

Unfortunately our efforts with El Calvario Park have come to a halt; it has become extremely dangerous to the point when we needed government approval and security for our photographers. The project has been rejected due to these complications. Luckily, we have another project to take its place: we will be capturing models at the Palace of the Academies in Caracas, an essential building that headquarters 4 other National Academies within the country. These academies all house significant documents, sculptures, paintings, and antique furniture. Our next steps here are planning out and executing a shoot within the site.

We have made great progress with our work in El Calvario (El Hatillo) shanty town (“barrio”). Our volunteers Nilda and Luis have met with community members who are excited about the project, and an expert in cultural heritage will have another meeting with the local coordinator this week to schedule the days of the activities. We are planning to have a couple of talks and two courses: basic photographic techniques and photogrammetry. The goals will be to get images of the community to build a visual archive for the local library and to shoot about 5 to 10 artifacts or places in photogrammetry. We will have a journalist there writing about the activities and about the objects selected by the community. We can’t wait to get started!

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Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Kristiana Gomez
Los Angeles, CA United States

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