Autodesk Mudbox 2018 – Delicate Arch – Arches National Park Utah
We know the arch and its importance to architecture, especially cathedral “western” sacred spaces, is essential in the construction and aesthetics of such buildings. But what of the arch in the western U.S. and its ties to tribal heritage and indigenous scared space? Located just 5 miles north of Moab, Utah the massive, “Delicate Arch” perches on two impressive spires. Ute tribes described arches as portals in space and time that play an important role in ongoing tribal religious practice. Sentient beings who continue to provide help or resources to people. In addition, there are many plants, pigments, and minerals in the park that tribes use for traditional purposes. I have longed for a while to use this rock formation in a strong upright columnar form. Mudbox is similar to ZBrush as a digital sculpting clay process. This piece is formed from photogrammetry. Photogrammetry stiches points in space where forms disperse light based on geometry. The various points or “vertices” are then triangulated with a wireframe to form a three-dimensional object in space.
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