Kew Gardens Pagoda showcases heritage projects using 3D tech the right way

Published 11 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, 3d scanning, museum, heritage

The Kew Gardens Great Pagoda stands at nearly 50 metres tall, acting as a Royal viewing platform for the entire gardens below

The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens is not only a 250-year-old Royal Park landmark, UNESCO World Heritage site and visited by around 1.8M people annually, but it is also home to 80 dragons.

Commissioned in 1761 in the midst of the reign of King George III, some 20 years later the Pagoda’s dragons were removed during repairs to the roof and never replaced, until now.

Historic Royal Palaces needed to authentically replicate the dragons, but in a way that could withstand the famously inclement English weather, and not overload the towering building - turning to modern 3D digital technology.

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