IAM Venezuela Collaborations

Arc/k Project — in collaboration with IAM Venezuela — have been teaching like-minded preservationists on the ground how to capture the objects, monuments, or landscapes that are most important to the people of Venezuela. Because of the intense political turmoil there, we became concerned about how much longer this heritage would be around and have aided and encouraged the 3D documentation of works that are quite varied, from some of the most prized paintings in their National Gallery to sections of a poor favella on the outskirts of Caracas.

Through immersive videoconferencing we’ve been able to remotely teach the process to several photographers in the country, who have subsequently taught others via traveling workshops. The Arc/k Project shipped cameras, equipment, and hard drives to the volunteers on the ground who then sent us their photo sets for processing and creation of 3D models. These models were then uploaded back to the photographers for feedback and additional shooting until ultimately a highly detailed and textured 3D solve such as those below was achieved.

IAM Venezuela has been tirelessly forging connections with institutions in Venezuela which has allowed for this sort of remote work to even be possible.

Arc/k Project — in collaboration with IAM Venezuela — have been teaching like-minded preservationists on the ground how to capture the objects, monuments, or landscapes that are most important to the people of Venezuela. Because of the intense political turmoil there, we became concerned about how much longer this heritage would be around and have aided and encouraged the 3D documentation of works that are quite varied, from some of the most prized paintings in their National Gallery to sections of a poor favella on the outskirts of Caracas.

Through immersive videoconferencing we’ve been able to remotely teach the process to several photographers in the country, who have subsequently taught others via traveling workshops. The Arc/k Project shipped cameras, equipment, and hard drives to the volunteers on the ground who then sent us their photo sets for processing and creation of 3D models. These models were then uploaded back to the photographers for feedback and additional shooting until ultimately a highly detailed and textured 3D solve such as those below was achieved.

IAM Venezuela has been tirelessly forging connections with institutions in Venezuela which has allowed for this sort of remote work to even be possible.

Cultural Heritage of Venezuela

Cultural Heritage of Venezuela

Caracas image

The capital of Venezuela, Caracas is a city that gathers testimonies from Colonial times, innovative modern proposals from the 1950’s, buildings from the oil boom of the 1970s, as well as informal settlements.

Barinas image

Founded in 1577, Barinas is the most important city in the Venezuelan plains. It supported the Independence war from its beginning. An agricultural city filled with rural legends. It has monuments of heroes and poets.

San Francisco de Yare image

A small town well known for the way it celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi: Groups of people dance disguised as masked devils commemorating the presence of Christ in the Sacrament. This ancestral tradition is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Coro image

The first capital of Venezuela and one of the early colonial towns in South America, founded in 1527. This historic city is “the only surviving example of a rich fusion of local traditions with Spanish Mudéjar and Dutch architectural techniques,” according to the UNESCO World Heritage description. It has 602 historic buildings, currently in danger.

Other Locations in Venezuela image

Example – Venezuela is a large and diverse country that features a variety of cultural artifacts and locations from indigenous peoples to modern day artwork

Mérida image

Located in the Andes mountains, Mérida is one of the oldest cities in Venezuela, founded in 1558. It has the first university in the country and abundant public bronze statuary. Local heritage is currently at risk due to an increase of metal thefts.

San Rafael de Mucuchies and El Tisure image

A rural and tourist town of the Venezuelan Andes, San Rafael de Mucuchíes is located at 12,000 feet above sea level. El Tisure is an isolated valley close to San Rafael de Mucuchíes. Both locations are known by the unusual stones chapels and carved wood sculptures made by Juan Félix Sánchez, a renowned folk artist.

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