Grupo Secuoya documents the story of HP’s 3D recreation of Doña Urraca´s chalice This ten minute documentary is available on the technological company’s site on YouTube.
From a maximum security cabinet to the hands of any visitor. From Christian traditions and medieval legends to the latest in augmented reality technology, HP, in collaboration with the City Hall of Saint Isidoro in Leon, are bringing the latest advances to Spanish cultural heritage to place one of the greatest jewels of our history in our hands. A piece of Romanesque goldwork commissioned by King Ferdinand´s daughter to cover an onyx bowl, Doña Urraca´s chalice, dates as far back as the Holy Grail, according to some historians. .
After investigations that indicated that the glass may have been used in the Last Supper, the relic has aroused great interest among visitors from all over the world. The piece is protected in an armored display cabinet at the Basilica of San Isidoro of Leon where it receives over 100.000 tourists a year. That is, until today. Thanks to the latest technology, provided by HP, all visitors can virtually manipulate the chalice and enjoy an immersive experience that allows them to feel as though they are holding this jewel in their hands. This service was presented to the press and to local authorities within the Romanesque basilica today, and will now be available to visitors who wish to enjoy this unique experience.
The more than three months of extensive work by HP, scanning and digitising, the origins of the undertaking and how it was executed, make up the content of a documentary by Grupo Secuoya, reflecting on the entire project. Over the course of the ten minute documentary we will see exclusive images as well as hear statements from key players in the project. Miguel Ángel Turrado, CEO of HP SCDS, the abbot of the Royal Collegiate of San Isidoro, Don Francisco Rodríguez, Margarita Torres, the medievalist who leads the research seeking to prove that the chalice belonging to the Infanta of Leon is actually the most venerated Christian relic. Members of the San Isidoro museum and HP engineers also give us their point of view and share the experience of how it feels to bring a piece that is twenty centuries old to the eyes (and hands) of the public.
The documentary, which makes Secuoya and HP audiovisual partners, demonstrates the group's commitment to the application of new technologies, cultural dissemination and the promotion of historical heritage.
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