Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gettysburg Sesquicentennial: Free Model Download

November 19, 2013 marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

At Direct Dimensions we've been fortunate enough to scan several Lincoln related items, including a plaster cast of his death mask. We have made a model of the mask available (for free download).

In 2008 Direct Dimensions also scanned the Volk Lincoln Life Mask. About that mask: The 1960 life casting was taken by sculptor Leonard Volk. It portrays Lincoln shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War, and also before he had grown his iconic beard. Volk’s life mask was described by fellow sculptor Avard Fairbanks as “the most reliable document of the Lincoln face, and far more valuable than photographs, for it is the actual form.” According to a quote taken at the time of casting, “when [Lincoln] saw the final bust, he was quite pleased, declaring it ‘the animal himself.’”

You can read more about various Lincoln related projects on our website:
Volk Life Mask Scan
Scanning the Lincoln Memorial for Preservation
Animating Abraham Lincoln for the Movies