Our definition:

artclone™: noun. [licensed clone of original masterpiece] an officially-licensed replica which preserves the form, integrity, and cultural value of an original sculptural masterpiece.

Artcloning™ is suitable for statues or busts, and other physical objects. The artcloning process involves:

  1. high-end scanning of the original masterpiece
  2. archival of the digitalclone™ in a secure ARTvault™
  3. museum edition artclone™ printing using colored plant-based material
  4. museum revenue licensing for each artclone
  5. digital rights management for the institutions or owners

Artcloning lies at the intersection of history, art, culture, and technology as it combines historical art forms with modern technology. 

History: the historical significance of an object – it’s meaning and place in the timeline of human creativity

Art: the aesthetic impact of the original work is extended to new audiences 

Culture: the cultural value of the work is democratized – allowing for the creation of authentic, affordable, artclones of famous works that  can be shared, viewed – and even owned, by a wider audience 

Technology:  the preservation of the digitalDNA of the original work, stored in a secure ARTvault™, accessible through the artficial digital platform with an appropriate rights management regime.

from original masterpiece to artclone

This democratization of cultural legacy was not possible in previous generations.

We faithfully preserve cultural artifacts as eternal digitalclones™; artficial has over 2000 digitized art masterpieces securely stored in an ARTvault™. Sculptures which are scanned are stored as digitalclones™ – the accurate representation of the object’s cultural value – preserving the digitalDNA™.  These files are the heritage of mankind.

Barbara Dal Corso works at the intersection of art and technology. She is the co-founder of ARTficial™, the maker of the world’s first officially-licensed artclones.