The Original 'Zeus at Olympia' was Destroyed 1,500 Years Ago

By: Joey Haar - Aug 7, 2016
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Historians and 3D printing specialists have come together to recreate 'Zeus at Olympia' in honor of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The trick is that, as opposed to other restoration projects that use 3D printing to recover missing pieces of a partly extant statue or structure, the original Zeus at Olympia statue was completely destroyed 1,500 years ago.

In recreating the colossus, historians had to gather as much information about it and about classical sculpting techniques and styles as possible. Through research into travelers' descriptions of the statue and by examining depictions on ancient coins, the historians discovered that the original statue stood nearly 50 feet tall and was made of wood, ivory, and gold, and it sat upon a cedar throne with ebony, ivory, gold and gem decorations.

The 3D-printed statue is far smaller, at about 6 feet tall, however it shows the power of 3D printing to recreate bygone relics of the past.