Digital model of the Market Cross, from Kells, Co. Meath

Replicating the Crosses of Kells

Replicating the Crosses of Kells is a new online exhibition that will not only introduce visitors to the high crosses of Kells, Co. Meath, but also explore how these local landmarks have been reproduced from the antiquarians of the 19th century to the most recent digital models

The exhibition, is divided into three virtual rooms, past, present and future and includes 3D models of the crosses. As you move virtually through these rooms you follow the journey of the high crosses from medieval religious monuments to objects of folkloric and antiquarian interest to focal points in the landscape for the local and international heritage community.

The human desire to copy works of art has existed for centuries. Certain artworks, such as the high crosses of Ireland, take on an iconic status and are continually replicated in different media. In the past, this was in physical form, such as drawings or photographs, but increasingly this is undertaken using digital media such as laser scanning and 3D modelling.

The exhibition was designed and developed by Michael Ann Bevivino, a recipient of the Irish Research Council Employment-based Postgraduate Programme award. Michael Ann’s research is a collaboration between the Discovery Programme’s Digital Replicas Project, Irish Archaeological Field School Ltd and the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy.  The exhibition was originally planned for the Heritage Centre in Kells. When it was closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Michael Ann moved the exhibition online, with assistance from her colleagues at the Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland.

You can access the online exhibition at: