Smithsonian 3-D Portrait of President Barack Obama, First African-American U.S. President

Title

Smithsonian 3-D Portrait of President Barack Obama, First African-American U.S. President

Description

People have always sought to document their leaders with the best technology available in their time, and the Smithsonian collects the results of these efforts as bust, paintings and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery. This 3D Portrait added a new genre to the ever-evolving modalities for presidential portraiture.

The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask. It took the team a little over 7 minutes from the time President Obama entered the room to finish the data capture for the first presidential 3D Portrait using 21st century technology.

Creator

Smithsonian-led Team of 3-D Digital Imaging Specialists

Date

12/02/2014

Source

Sources: Newsdesk. 

Author: Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer

Relation

Newsroom of the Smithsonian. Digitization Program Office.

Rights

Smithsonian Institution

Publisher

Smithsonian Institution

Contributor

Smithsonian-led Team of 3-D Digital Imaging Specialists

Format

Sculpture

Language

English

Type

Artwork

Identifier

Elected Office

Coverage

Historic

Files

dpo_obamabust_3views_1.jpg

Reference

Smithsonian-led Team of 3-D Digital Imaging Specialists, Smithsonian 3-D Portrait of President Barack Obama, First African-American U.S. President, Smithsonian Institution, 12/02/2014

Cite As

Smithsonian-led Team of 3-D Digital Imaging Specialists, “Smithsonian 3-D Portrait of President Barack Obama, First African-American U.S. President,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 19, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/93.