3D Models of Famous London Statues

London is littered with statues commemorating important events and famous figures in history and therefore we wanted to include them in our London model.  Eder de Souza, one of our best 3D modellers, captured a number of these iconic statues throughout London. Eder gave us an insight into the process he follows to create such high detailed and accurate 3D models.

“In order to capture the statues, I was required to take photographs at 5-10 degree intervals of the 360 degree target. I then converted the files into a format compatible with Autodesk Remake, as the photos were in a RAW format. Once they were converted I was able to start the process of generating the 3D model. The time it takes to process a statue really depends on the specific model you are working on, as the quality of the photos influences the time it takes to process, how many photos the software is processing and the quality that was set for the final model. On average, it would take between half a day to a day to process the model in the software, but sometimes even a day and a half.

After the Autodesk Remake stage, I imported this mesh into ZBrush to polish and decimate it. The polishing is required to create a better look for the model as the computer generated one is rough and needs to be prepared in order to be 3D printed, or delivered to a client, this is why we have to decimate from a dense mesh of millions of polygons to only a few thousand while maintaining the quality of the model.

I really enjoyed capturing models of the statues, I found the process pretty straight forward. The best part is seeing the final result, it’s great to see a model generated from photos to 3D.”

Statue of Abraham Lincoln

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square was made in c.1920. It is a replica of the statue which stands in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Statue of Benjamin Disraeli

The statue of Benjamin Disraeli was installed in Parliament Square in 1883. It is a bronze sculpture made by Mario Raggi

Statue of Boadicea

The statue of Boadicea and her daughters is considered the magnum opus of the sculptor and engineer Thomas Thornycroft. It is a bronze sculpture found by Westminster Bridge.

Statue of David Lloyd George

The statue of David Lloyd George by Glynn Williams was unveiled in 2007 and is made of bronze, standing 8 feet tall. It was funded by the David Lloyd George Statue Appeal.

Statue of Edward Smith-Stanley

The statue of The Earl of Derby, Edward Smith Stanley, was unveiled in 1874 and is positioned in Parliament Square. The statue was made by Matthew Noble and is Grade II listed.

Statue of George Canning

The statue of George Canning can also be found in Parliament Square and was made by Sir Richard Westmacott. The statue was erected in 1832 and was moved to its current location in 1867.

Statue of Henry John Temple

The statue of Lord Palmerston, Henry John Temple, was created by sculptor and poet Thomas Woolner. It has been located in Parliament Square since 1876.

Statue of Jan Smuts

The statue of Jan Smuts was commissioned by Winston Churchill during his return to power in 1951. It was created by Sir Jacob Epstein and unveiled in 1956 and stands on a South African granite pedestal.

Statues of Lions at Houses of Parliament and Richard the Lionhearted

Richard, Couer de Lion is an equestrian statue of King Richard I. It is also known as Richard the Lionheart. It is situated in Old Palace Yard by The Palace of Westminster. The first statue was made of clay in 1851, it was later changed to plaster in 1854 and then to bronze in 1856.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands in Parliament Square

Statue of Robert Peel

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square was made in c.1920. It is a replica of the statue which stands in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Statue of Winston Churchill

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square was made in c.1920. It is a replica of the statue which stands in Lincoln Park, Chicago