Darwin (or) Bust

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When the Grant Museum of Zoology relocated from UCL’s Darwin Building to a new home across the street a bust of biologist Charles Darwin moved with it. A project was launched to create a new Darwin for the Darwin Building (they could hardly leave the place Darwinless). The Institute of Making’s members were challenged to recreate the bust in any way they chose, using only the data from a 3D scan of the original or a full-size foam Darwin created using that information and a massive robot arm. Would they mould him from jelly? Cast a hologram? Mill him from wood? The winner is to be displayed in the empty window of the Darwin Building with the others exhibited amongst the skeletons, skulls and jars of the museum’s collection.

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