Birthplace to be digitalised

The following is from the Glasgow Herald, 8th April

A PROJECT has been launched to document in three-dimensional digital format Scottish conservationist John Muir’s homes.

A PROJECT has been launched to document in three-dimensional digital format Scottish conservationist John Muir’s homes.
┬áThe Scottish Government is marking the 175th anniversary of the environmentalist’s birth this year by capturing Muir’s birthplace in the East Lothian town of Dunbar with his home in Martinez, California.

Muir is thought to be the founder of the US national parks, after campaigning to save Yosemite and Sierra from agricultural development and founding the renowned Sierra Club conservation body.

The initiative plans use scanning technology to capture the properties in virtual form in a new partnership to help promote his life and work in Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland.

It is a partnership between Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland, the US National Park Service and the CyArk Foundation and will be used to deepen the existing links between the historic sites.

Visitors will be able to log on to the sites for a virtual tour of the homes.

Announcing the project in the US, First Minister Alex Salmond said apprentices from Historic Scotland will create two special carvings to be placed at each location to symbolise the enduring link that Muir provides to both countries.

He added: “John Muir continues to be held in incredibly high regard by people on both sides of the Atlantic and it is entirely fitting that in 2013 we mark the 175th anniversary of his birth by strengthening the links between the country in which he was born, and the country he chose to make his home.”

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