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Students Create 3D Art From Paintings

Source: The Daily Egyptian

Thrity-eight freshmen are creating a 3D replica of Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” as part of a project in the School of Architecture.

Shelby Orr, a freshman from Champaign studying architecture, and Zoey Koester, a freshman from Chatham studying interior design, will receive honors credit for working on the project. The exhibit is being built in the Design Barracks on the east side of campus, and the students have been working on the piece since last semester.

Associate professor in architecture Peter Smith said they use a system called mapping, a method he introduces to all of his freshmen.

The students took a photograph of the original painting and sectioned it off into 40 pieces. After dividing it into sections, they began to plan how they would build their 3D version. They built four different models before working on the final product. The first several prototypes were smaller than the finished project and are made of cardboard. The final model will be 16 by 8 feet and 8 feet high.

The final project will be completed before spring break and is scheduled to be displayed for at least a week at Gallery 119 in Quigley Hall.

Seurat’s original painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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