Canon's Tsuzuri Project demonstrates how capture and output technology can be used to preserve cultural heritage.
Part of the recent Canon Expo 2010 in New York was this Tsuzuri Project exhibit, a demonstration of how capture and output technology is being used to preserve Japan's cultural heritage by reproducing national treasures. Canon EOS digital SLR cameras are used to capture high-res digital images of folding screens, screen paintings, and other cultural artifacts, which are output in their original size with Canon's imageProGraf wide-format printers, in conjunction with Canon color-management systems. Gold leaf, surface coating, and other finishes are applied where necessary. The replicas are donated to the owners of the original historic works, which can be displayed in public; the original artifact can then be preserved in a controlled environment to prevent deterioration and preserve the work for future generations.