Erasmus+ Project Re/Forma Viva

One of the key factors in cultural heritage protection is education that would show the importance of using various tools for the promotion of shared values. As it was written in the DECISION (EU) 2017/864 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 May 2017 on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018), ¨One way to achieve such understanding would be through educational and greater public-awareness programmes¨.

Cultural heritage and the issues of its preservation for the future play an important role in our shared European community. But we also need to consider the positive effect that work in the field of cultural heritage has on other aspects of society (labour market, shared values, interculturalism, entrepreneurship possibilities, tourism etc.) and that can be promoted through education.

The project will address the implementation of digitalisation using 3D technology in the field of cultural heritage preservation (on the case of outdoor wood structures) education.  The project will try to cross the bridge between employers and HEI with the issues of cultural heritage protection and restoration. In the partnership the need for a more structured guidelines regarding preservation and restoration emerged in both sectors.

Re/Forma Viva will incorporate innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to these issues with implementation of intellectual outputs (guidelines for students, 3D model web platform, framework for collaboration of HEI and employers) and gives potential to wider application of issues addressed by the project. Project will use Forma Viva Outdoor Sculpture Park in Kostanjevica na Krki as a case study in addressing this issues. The sculptures were created on sculptural symposiums Forma Viva with worldwide participation of artists since 1961. Sculptures moulding by artists are made from oak wood, typical for this part of Slovenia.

During the project implementation several activities will take place:

Intellectual Outputs:

Guidelines on preservation of cultural heritage in wood for students;

Web platform for cultural heritage of 3D models;

Database of documentation approach to preservation of cultural heritage.

Learning/Teaching/Training Activities:

Joint staff training;

Seminar course for students on preservation techniques for cultural heritage in wood;

Summer School on preservation techniques for cultural heritage in wood;

Multiplier events aimed at different target groups with presentations at Universities and Round Tables where relevant stakeholders will be invited.

Project Partners:

Božidar Jakac Art Museum, Kostanjevica na Krki (Slovenia)
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb
Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, EAA

Project period:

2019 – 2022

Video of Forma Viva by the students of University of Ljubljana

The Forma Viva Open Air Wood Sculpture Collection in Kostanjevica na Krki is one of the four main Forma Viva Collections in Slovenia. It is the product of a biennially held International Symposia of Sculptors during which chosen artists are invited to contribute to the ever growing collection of works since 1961.

The collection is currently comprised of around 130 pieces almost exclusively fashioned out of oak wood. Most of them are gathered in a freely accessible park in front of the Kostanjevica Monastery though some can also be found in the surrounding meadows or town squares and on the banks of the river Krka.

View of the Sculpture Park Forma Viva
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Posted by Maris Veeremäe

Cultural Heritage and Conservation