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Happy Christmas and best wishes
for a creative 2016!

Photo © Alessandro Gaja      

Looking back, 2015 has been an amazing year.  We have been involved in great projects with international artists, using many materials transformed into diverse forms. 15 years ago we dreamt about building bridges between digital and physical artisans - there is now evidence of this in almost every work that leaves the studio. The brass Olive tree cast from life (complete with its root system) that was installed into Michele de Lucchi’s re-design of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is a clear example of the way in which technology and manual skill can cultivate an intimacy with the material world to inspire wonder.

2015 was also the year in which the Factum Foundation burst into life. Factum Foundation is devoted to the application of new technologies to the preservation of the past and the discovery of new rooms in Tutankhamun’s tomb based on our high-resolution 3D and colour recording is proof that this approach is of fundamental importance; illustrating how history is dynamic and subject to change.
  Factum Arte's ‘performance’ of Caravaggio’s stolen Nativity was installed into the Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo on the 12 December. It provoked an emotional response from everyone who was there, and triggered a wealth of international press coverage. Its timing was auspicious and shows how digital restorations and re-constructions can reclaim lost works and rejuvenate vulnerable sites; a topical theme as we are about to launch into our most ambitious project in Egypt - the transfer of skills and technologies to the local community and the complete recording of the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings.

2016 is full of potential! We will continue to celebrate curiosity while embracing the idea that originality is a dynamic process.

In the image: Stucco figures by Giacomo Serpotta, Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo.