The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is celebrating its 100th year throughout 2015 with Birthday Year events and surprises, both in the galleries and in the greater community. In the fall of 2014, Birthday Year specialists at the MIA went to the MIA’s master framebuilder to ask a question: could he make realistic-looking frames for reproductions of four of the MIA’s most iconic paintings?
Frame maker Kurt Nordwall and Lead Collections Photographer Charles Walbridge hatched a plan: they could make 3D scans of the paintings’ frames and have a local maker cut the reproduction frames on a large CNC machine, which in this case uses a computer-controlled router to carve shapes into wood. Kurt would then finish the raw wood frames with primer, paint, wax, and dirt.
The finished frames (and the art in them) look amazing! The four reproduction artworks have popped up around Minneapolis at local restaurants and other businesses. Rembrandt’s Lucretia was installed at a busy gas station and convenience store; Chaim Soutine’s Side of Beef was installed at The Strip Club, a local steakhouse.
The Case Study presentation will include:- scanning the frames in-gallery with free photogrammetry software (123D Catch)- cleaning up the scans for CNC routing- making the reproduction art and frame blanks- carving the frames at Nordeast Makers- finishing the frames- the art out in the world