Glass Mosaic Fragments

Digitization and Reconstruction of Glass Mosaic Fragments from the Former

Chapel of the Buchholz Family Vault in Bredereiche, Fürstenberg / Havel

Researching and preserving the scientific and cultural heritage often requires consideration of fragmented objects and artifacts. The assembly (reposition) of these objects and artifacts is the prerequisite for further scientific work, adequate preservation as well as presentation. Thus, it is an elementary part of the scientific development process. Nowadays, repositioning is largely done in manual working steps.
In order to support restorers and archaeologists in this work, the MusterFabrik Berlin has developed methods for the digital reconstruction and reposition of multiply fragmented multi-dimensional objects as part of a research and development project. A 2.5D scanner and a prototypical IT-based reconstruction assistance system for damaged cultural assets have been created for demonstration purposes.
Shattered glass mosaic fragments from the former chapel of the Buchholz family vault in Bredereiche, Fürstenberg / Havel served as reference material. The approximately 1400 fragments of various sizes rediscovered and secured during construction work on the property were to be digitally reconstructed and added to the rudimentary remnants of the glass mosaics. There are neither photos nor templates showing the original state of the glass mosaics on the three walls of the former chapel.
The project "Assistance-Based Digital Reconstruction of 2.5D Cultural Assets" was carried out by the MusterFabrik Berlin in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK:

Topic Sheet on the Digital Reconstruction of Glass Mosaics

The project was realized through financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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