3D focus on show shepherds



Villagers and farmers who flocked to a rural Northumberland event have been rounded up in 3D and are on show in an extraordinary exhibition.

Click here for an image of the sheepdog trials captured by ScanLAB Projects at the Falstone Border Shepherds Show.

The Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham is currently displaying ‘Scanning Falstone Show’, a unique selection of 3D images and videos taken at the Falstone Border Shepherds show in August last year.

State of the art 3D laser scanning technology was used by architects from ScanLAB Projects to capture the legacy of the show, an agricultural event which has taken place in the upper North Tyne valley for over 100 years.

The exhibition presents a series of films generated from the scans, as well as still images capturing individuals, animals and produce.

Laser scanning creates computer files that ‘capture’ the scanner’s surroundings in three dimensions. The scanner can also take colour images that can then be mapped onto the scanned information.

These files can be looked at from any direction including viewpoints that would be otherwise impossible. Pathways can be plotted through each file to create animated fly-throughs, which are displayed as a series of films in the gallery.

Matt Shaw, from ScanLAB Projects, said: “We are using technology normally employed in the recording of buildings and landscapes to preserve individual moments from the show in hyper accurate, 3D detail. The exhibition and website have been created to present and preserve these moments of traditional local life in a surprising and unorthodox manner.”
ScanLAB were invited by the Kielder Art & Architecture programme at Kielder Water & Forest Park to capture elements of the show in all its glory.

Peter Sharpe, Kielder Art & Architecture Curator, said: “This project is a part of Kielder Art & Architecture’s Testing Ground programme that is providing opportunities for communities in rural areas to engage with unusual elements of contemporary architectural practice.

"The images that have been created through Scanning Falstone Show are absolutely fascinating and an interesting update from the earlier painted depictions of rural life and the livestock that characterised it.”

The exhibition has free entry and is on until Saturday March 1. Galleries are open from 10.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am until 4.00pm Saturday.

For more information contact Janine Scott, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538 or janine.scott@nwl.co.uk

Scanning Falstone Show was commissioned by Kielder Art & Architecture with support from Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Forestry Commission and Queen′s Hall Arts.

ScanLAB Projects specialise in large scale 3D scanning. They provide full colour, millimetre perfect 3D data of objects, buildings and landscape for use in Design, Making and Visualisation. See www.scanlab-projects.co.uk

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the best Tourism Experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information visit Kielder Water & Forest Park website at www.visitkielder.com.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

Useful links to get to know more about Scanning Falstone Show and where to see it –
Queens hall Arts Centre Hexham - http://www.queenshall.co.uk/whats-on/
ScanLAB Projects Ltd - http://www.scanlabprojects.co.uk/
Scanning Falstone Show website - http://www.scanningfalstoneshow.co.uk
Kielder Art & Architecture - http://www.kielderartandarchitecture.com/

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