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The originals are scattered around the world -- though some are in Greece.

The Skulpturhalle houses high-quality, high-fidelity plaster casts carefully taken directly from the originals in the 18th and 19th centuries. If my fundraising campaign is successful, these are what I will be scanning.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a strong, vibrant tradition of sending plaster copies around the world, to far flung museums and art schools, as a way of sharing the artwork. That tradition fell out of favor in the beginning of the 20th century, and many plaster cast collections were broken up, and in some cases physically destroyed. The Skulpturhalle is one of a few institutions that still maintains a large collection of these works, and embraces the tradition behind their origin.

For my purposes, they are actually better than the originals: they are all on wheels, so I will be able to move them into perfect lighting conditions. I will be able to move freely around them, as they are not in niches. And, of course, they are all in one place! And I'll be able to setup a laptop, and review my work, live.

For more information on the tradition behind plaster casts: