Bringing Precious Art into the Digital Age
In an unprecedented feat of technological artistry, Mimir LLC has set a new benchmark in the realm of digital art preservation in Japan. Our latest project with the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, has opened a gateway to the future, merging the delicate beauty of ceramics with the infinite possibilities of digital technology. This endeavour involved meticulously capturing dozens of the museum's priceless ceramic pieces and transforming them into high-fidelity 3D models, viewable on the popular platform, Sketchfab.
Leveraging state-of-the-art techniques, including Physically Based Rendering (PBR), Mimir LLC has not only preserved these precious artifacts in digital form but also enhanced their viewing experience. Our commitment to excellence and innovation has resulted in models that come close to reality in their detail, offering an immersive experience that brings these ancient treasures into the hands of art enthusiasts worldwide. This initiative is more than just a project; it's a pioneering step towards safeguarding cultural heritage in the digital era.
By creating photorealistic 3D models of ancient ceramic pieces, Mimir LLC is not only preserving art but also making it accessible to a global audience. This digital transformation allows for an interactive and immersive exploration of these artifacts, offering a new perspective on the finest ceramic craftsmanship.
The Art of Digitization: A New Home for Priceless Ceramics
Transitioning from physical to digital, the project undertaken by Mimir LLC is a game-changer in the field of art preservation. Each ceramic piece from the Gifu Prefecture Museum was carefully scanned and digitally reconstructed, ensuring that every curve, colour, and crack was captured with the utmost precision. This meticulous process has enabled the creation of a digital archive, safeguarding these treasures against the ravages of time.
One crucial aspect of this work is the craftsmanship. The camera, while a very sophisticated piece of technology, has its limitations. It cannot capture materials like reflective metals, glass, or featureless surfaces such as white China very well. Mimir's designer spent countless hours hand-painting golden surfaces, for example. For some pieces, it could take up to a week to recreate every little golden surface on a piece by hand. While smartphones have advanced considerably and can now serve as 3D capture devices, they cannot replicate this artistic work.
Sketchfab and Mimir LLC: A Synergy of Art and Technology
Sketchfab, a leading platform for 3D model sharing, has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. The collaboration between Sketchfab and Mimir LLC showcases how technology can be harnessed to preserve and promote cultural heritage. Through Sketchfab, these digitised ceramic pieces are now available for public viewing, providing an unparalleled virtual experience.
PBR: Lighting Up Art with Today's Technology
One of the standout features of Mimir LLC's approach is the use of Physically Based Rendering (PBR). This technique simulates the way light interacts with surfaces, resulting in incredibly realistic lighting and shadow effects on the 3D models. PBR has brought these ancient ceramics to life, showcasing their beauty in a whole new light.
The first digital twin of a real-world Zen Temple in the Metaverse
We are pleased to announce that, after months of planning, the first reconstruction of a real-world Japanese Zen temple, the Gyokuryu-ji in Gero City, has been completed on the Engage Metaverse platform. The abbot will give talks on a wide range of cultural topics, and guests can also participate in Zen meditation sessions and enjoy a personal audience with the teacher. We have amassed a large collection of media that will be used to fully submerge guests in the realms of Zen and Japanese tradition. Information on how to get to the temple and when to go is provided here. The temple is also a demonstration of the world-building expertise we can bring to any Metaverse or 3D design project you may have.
Capturing a National Treasure
We are pleased to announce that we have completed the virtual reconstruction of five rooms in the Daijuji Temple, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Visitors to the temple can don a Pico headset to enjoy a virtual tour of the rooms. This is the only way to experience the rooms decorated with their famous fusuma sliding door paintings.
This is not a simple 360 photosphere tour, but a full game with six degrees of freedom, meaning that the user can move his head and body inside the rooms just like in reality. It is possible to stand up and walk around in the rooms, but this is not allowed as a safety precaution. Nevertheless, this functionality allows for a far more realistic experience than simple photos.
The game development was funded by Japan's Cultural Agency, and produced by Hitohata Inc. in Nagoya. A projection mapping experience was also produced as part of this project.
We put together a team to produce the game across borders, involving people in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and Hungary. You can see some of the experience in our show reel, here.
If you want to learn more about the experience or are interested in the possibilities for recreating and/or presenting cultural artefacts or other places of interest in the Metaverse, please feel free to contact us!
Soukei Aoyama is an experimental archaeologist who has strived to recreate Muromachi era ceramics for decades. We captured this 15th century kiln reconstruction near completion in the hills of Onada, Tajimi. It’s the first attempt of its kind. In this kiln Aoyama will try to fire the famous Shiro Tenmoku (white tenmoku) bowls, that were treasured by the samurai and medieval high society of Japan. The master re-engineered the production method for the bowls from findings in this area.
Courtesy of The Society for Firing Pottery in the Kokeizan Forest, Kokeizan Choushingama Kiln.
View our MAKING OF YouTube video. Read our article about SHIRO TENMOKU. Learn more about the KUSANOGASHIRAGAMA kiln. View our SHIRO TENMOKU bowl model.