On Wednesday 12th October 2016, the Bronze Oak Project was launched at a ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Arts, who presented Her Majesty the Queen a maquette of the bronze oak tree at 1:10 of the actual size as a present for her 90th birthday.
The maquette was produced by Factum Arte, who have worked for several years with many Royal Academicians including Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor. In September 2016, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and the Rothschild Foundation, Factum presented The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture. This was a ground-breaking visionary interactive experiment which gave visitors the opportunity to see themselves as they really are using cutting-edge 3D scanning technology.
As a result of this ongoing collaboration, Factum were commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts to make a maquette of the bronze oak tree as a gift for Her Majesty the Queen. The maquette gives an idea of just how extraordinary such an object could be when realised at its true scale in an urban context.
The Royal Academy of Arts has expressed great enthusiasm for the Bronze Oak Tree project. Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, says: “This is an extraordinary project that has our wholehearted support.”