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
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 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. More than six thousand pieces of solid wood were sculpted and assembled, with 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.