Upcoming Exhibition Uses 3D Printing Technology to Link Classic and Modern Olympic Games



Upcoming Exhibition Uses 3D Printing Technology to Link Classic and Modern Olympic Games

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 16, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: Zeus must be wondering if he is about to regain his stature of antiquity. For more than a thousand years he was considered the father of the gods who ruled from his throne at the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain on the Greek mainland located 50 miles southwest of Thessaloniki.

His mighty presence is about to be resurrected at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta‘s Atlantic Station in celebration of the 20thanniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Although Zeus must have been disappointed that those games hadn’t been hosted in Greece’s capital, Athens, the upcoming exhibition – The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio — gives full-credit to the country’s historic role.

Through the capabilities of 3D printing, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the artistry of Phidias, the greatest of classical sculptors who also was responsible for the Parthenon, was recreated by the Minnesota firm Stratasys Ltd. and Kennesaw State University‘s 3D Center. The feat is remarkable in that the statue, one of the “seven wonders” of the ancient world, was recorded only in written descriptions and illustrations on coins.

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