The Market Cross

The Market Cross

Image of the pre and post aligned individual scans within Artec Studio

Location: Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland

Institute: The Discovery Programme

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Now in the Visitor Centre, the ‘Market’ Cross was reassembled in the 19th century from fragments scattered on the site. It may have originally stood opposite the west doorway of the cathedral. It bears a full-length figure of Christ wearing a crown and dressed in a knee-length tunic. Beneath him is an ecclesiastic and two standing figures, possibly patrons. The cross form is unusual and may have been influenced by Ottonian metalwork. Drilled holes in its stone surface may have held precious jewels, stones or even relics. The artistic style would suggest that it dates to the mid twelfth century.

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Structured Light

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Artec EVA

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

Artec Studio, Geomagic, Autodesk Mudbox, 3DS Max, XNormal, Photoshop, MeshLab

Model usU

Model Use

Education, Conservation, virtual exploration, augmented reality, interpretation centre content, and tourism guides, 3D printing of artefacts.

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

EVA: Data capture multiple scans (EVA) – Artec Studio: data cleaning & registration – alignment – registration – surface wrapping – Geomagic: mesh cleaning – decimation to produce addition simpliÿed obj – Mudbox: retopologised smaller obj model – 3DS Max: UV Unwrapped - Mudbox: normal map extracted from high res and applied to low res model – XNormal: ambient occlusion map – Photoshop: adjustment of texture maps – MeshLab: Creation of radiance scaling renders

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

WebGL - Two lightweight models: one with photo texture and one with ambient occlusion to display the surface morphology are hosted online using SketchFab. This allows for very short load times and has the ability to generate psuedoVR content for users who cannot use WebGL. Also allows for embedded narrative. market-cross-glendalough


Licence for Dataset
Creative Commons

Creative Commons - Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives.