Baccus Statue - Andy Terrell and NC State basketball

Posted by Michael Stone on Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:05

The North Carolina Museum of Art has recruited an unlikely collaborator to help restore an ancient Roman statue: forward Wyatt Walker of the North Carolina State University basketball team.

Walker is lending one of his toned arms as a model for a 3D scan addition to the sculpture. The effort is part of the ongoing Bacchus Conservation Project, an initiative to refurbish the museum’s second-century Roman sculpture of Bacchus, which is currently headless and missing its right arm. For the scan, Walker held his arm above his head, holding a bunch of grapes to mimic a 19th-century drawing of the completed statue.