After my last year’s announcement, here is some good news about the Nautes Pillar project!

Thanks to the efforts of a bunch of Heritage enthusiasts, the oldest monument in Paris could soon be restored.

Conducted by Gladius Scutumque association, the 3D composition is in progress. After further works, it will enable the specialists to make a stone copy of the sculpture on a scale of 1.

This monumental ensemble of four limestone blocks represents Celtic and Roman deities. It is dedicated by the Boatmen brotherhood of Lutetia (the ancient Paris) to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and dates from the year 1 AD.

Here are already the first tests, results of hypotheses put forward by the experts. The left side of the images shows the original face of the scultpture scanned in negative. The right side presents the restored version based on a first hypothesis. This 3D modeling has a stony aspect to give a better rendering.

 

Boatmen of Lutetia dedicace to Tiberius. To the left: the original text scanned. To the right: the restored text proposal

The modeling of the missing parts of the pillar faces was done in several steps. First, the original sculptures were scanned. Then, new data were collected through extensive iconographic and historical research about other Gallo-Roman monuments.

By combining these elements, hypotheses were established by the experts and transcribed into a 3D model. It will serve now as a basis for the team of researchers to prepare its transition to stone sculpture. The statue at the top has still to be determined.

All the digital restoration was completed thanks to the talent of Galdric Robert, 3D computer graphics designer.

This 3D model can still be improved and is open to any suggestions. Further brainstorming meetings between experts and Heritage enthusiasts are expected.

In the next phase of the project, cutting tests on limestone blocks will combine a return to the original antique work (3D milling) and a manual sculpture.

Gladius Scutumque association wishes to realize a complete sculpture in stone on a scale of 1 and present it in public in Paris.