Fitting stones

From the use of a high-tech robotic arm to 3D scanning and digital design, Fitting stones sets the stage for a brand new way of administering and rehabilitating historic and cultural heritage.

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What happens when design and technology meet heritage and artifacts?

In the context of the regeneration of the Parc des Ateliers – where Atelier Luma is located -, close to 560 large building stones of various shapes and sizes, weighing between 200 and 600 kg each, were discovered.

In order to make the best use of this precious material, Atelier Luma has gathered archeologists, historians, local stone carvers, but also designers and advanced robotics operators.

The stones have been transformed into micro-architectural elements such as urban furniture, a fountain, or a shelter for protection against the strong southern European sun.

Meanwhile, the KUKA robotic arm, originally used to cut and carve the stones, has enlarged the project's perspectives and has paved the way to new relationships between digital tools and local craftsmanship.

// Years of research : 2017

Project team

  • Thibault Brevet

    Designer, AATB - Design Studio

    Marseille, France

  • Brynjar Sigurdarson

    Artist and designer, Studio Brynjar & Veronika

    Berlin, Germany

  • Veronika Sedlmair

    Artist and designer, Studio Brynjar & Veronika

    Berlin, Germany

  • Simon Darves-Blanc

    Stone craftsman, DBS Pierre, Archeomed

    Arles, France

  • Marie-Pierre Rothé

    Archeologist, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Fabrice Denise

    Cultural Heritage curator - Head of Department of Public, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Julien Boislève

    Toichographologue, INRAP

    Metz, France

  • Hélène Degand

    Industrial Heritage Researcher, University Le Havre Normandie

    Le Havre, France

  • Jean-Louis Paillet

    Architect and archeologist, CNRS/IRAA

    Aix-en-Provence, France

  • Atelier santons Arterra

    Santon maker

    Marseille, France

  • François Arnoul

    Director, 3D Avenir

    Lisses, France


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