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High-Tech Gaming Laser Takes on 200-Year-Old Monument
The Spanish Constitution Monument, the only known remaining one in the world created 200 years ago to honor the Spanish Constitution of 1812, is converging with the high-tech gaming company, Activision.
Chris Ellis, a 3D scan technician at Activision in Los Angeles, is traveling to St. Augustine to scan the monument. Activision is providing the scan at no cost to the City of St. Augustine. The scan will create an exact digital image of the monument that will be used to produce three replica monuments.
“Activision is thrilled to support the City of St. Augustine on this incredible historic project. We use laser scanners to replicate real-world locations or objects in video games, and we are excited to use our equipment to help make history,” said Ellis.
This project will be the first step in accomplishing one of the seven legacy projects for the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, which in 2015 will mark the anniversary of the founding of America’s First City. Full-scale replicas of the Constitution Monument will be crated for shipment to Cadiz, Spain, the city where the original Spanish Constitution was signed; Aviles, Spain, St. Augustine's sister city; and Miami, Florida, where the monument will be held in trust until democracy returns to Cuba, at which time Miami will re-gift the monument to Havana.
The history of the monument dates back 200 years. In the spring of 1812, Spain’s national legislative assembly meeting in Cadiz created the first Spanish Constitution, establishing the right to vote, national sovereignty, freedom of the press, land reform and free enterprise. A directive was sent to Spanish settlements around the world to construct monuments to honor the constitution. Today, nearly two centuries later, St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitución stands as a testament to the document and its historical significance. Restoration of the powers of the monarchy in 1814 led to orders that every reminder of the constitution’
Anyone interested in viewing the Constitution Monument scan is welcome. Ellis will be available to answer questions about the equipment, the scanning process, and his work at Activision. City of St. Augustine representatives will be available to answer questions about the Constitution Monument. If weather is a problem, then the scan will take place on Sunday, April 1, 2012. For more information, call 904.825.1053.
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The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration is a means to remember and celebrate our rich, cultural history while making our city an even better place to live and visit.