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Temple G

Selinunte – Sicily 2011, Museum of Baglio Florio

Wooden model of Temple G at Selinunte – 1:75 Scale model

Size: 81.3×164.3×46.6 cm

Client: Sorgente Group Spa

Scientific Team: Prof. Mario Luni, Gastone Buttarini, Graziella Barozzi

Design Team: Andrea Buttarini, RGB di Gastone Buttarini

Photos: Giuseppe Dromedari, Andrea Buttarini

Tools: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Laser Cutting, Professional Wood Tools


Temple G at Selinunte is a Greek temple in Doric style, one of the largest in the ancient world (50.68×109.91 m) and today completely in ruins. The scale 1:75 wooden model representing it is the outcome of the study project carried out in Selinunte between February and July 2011 by the Archaeology research group of Urbino University, in collaboration with the writer Valerio Massimo Manfredi who was involved as a consultant. The model came about because of scientific requirements for checking the hypotheses expressed in the design and in the surveys and obtaining confirmation of these in three dimensions. More than six thousand pieces of solid wood were sculpted and assembled, with exclusively handmade techniques, supported by a digital prototype as a guide for the machinings. All the original measurements were reproduced in scale, together with the divisions of the blocks found in situ that characterized the pillars, architraves and friezes, so that the model became a real tool for research. This led to a stage of deeper knowledge of the monumental building that comprises the basis of the discussion in progress about urgent conservation interventions. The model was presented to the press and the public at the international conference “Selinus 2011. Restoration of ancient buildings. Research and experiences in the Mediterranean in the ancient Greek era”. It is now on display in the Baglio Florio Museum within the Selinunte Archaeological Park.


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