This is a 3D scan of a porcelain bust of notable scientist Charles Darwin, from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. The bust was made around the turn of the 20th century, by Robinson & Leadbeater, from Staffordshire, England. Darwin's likeness is mounted on a small square base, with the word 'DARWIN' moulded in the base.
Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) is renowned for his contribution to Alfred Wallace's theory of Natural Selection. A devout husband and father, Darwin balanced his family duties with the study of the specimens he brought from his travels.
Find out more about this bust on our website.
This was one of ten Museum objects scanned in 3D for Hack the Collection, a public program in the 2014 Sydney Design Festival, which matched ten contemporary Sydney designers with ten objects from the Museum’s collection.
Designers spent two intensive days in the Festival FabLab, creatively manipulating the 3D object files to design their own hacked interpretations in full view of an excited public. At the conclusion of the weekend, the designers’ remixed objects were 3D printed on MakerBots and displayed alongside their original counterpart.
We see our collection as raw assets for inspiration. We encourage you to download and remix our collection as you take it in new directions. We'd love to hear about the new forms and uses you find for our objects – drop us a line to show us your work!