Audrey Wells' Virtual Nau

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== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZR0uK3xLl4 The Virtual Nau Project on YouTube]
 
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZR0uK3xLl4 The Virtual Nau Project on YouTube]

Revision as of 18:11, 10 December 2010

Virtual Nau

A Project by Audrey Wells

Contents

Introduction

Audrey Wells in the "Cave"1

It is impossible to imagine, let alone describe, such a thing as a 40 m long Portuguese Indiaman of the early 1600s. Loaded with 450 people, including crew and passengers, food and water for six months, spares and fittings, personal possessions of each and any one, plus the main reason of its voyage: a cargo of around 250 tons of peppercorns, which was complemented with many other spices and drugs, countless bales of cotton and silk cloth of all sizes and colors, furniture, porcelain, exotic animals and thousand of luxury items manufactured in the most exquisite workshops of the far east.

Audrey Wells, a student in the Department of Visualization Sciences at Texas A&M University, has modeled one of these ships and then tried to populate it and load it. Each decision regarding the partition of a space, the design of a detail, the dimensions of a ship part, was pondered, discussed, evaluated in light of the known archaeological parallels, iconography, and contemporary literature.

This is a work in progress that will probably never be finished. So far it has helped us understand much better these complex machines, conceived and built to be inhabited during long periods by an enormous amount of different people and under adverse circumstances. Sailing the long and dangerous maritime route from Lisbon to India and back, these Portuguese India naus were the dark, wandering places Joseph Conrad wrote about four centuries later.

One can only image how many dreams of happiness, wealth and power they carried to and from Asia, how many fearful moments their inhabitants endured, and what anguishes and hopes they have inspired.

Audrey has tried to give us a glimpse of this long gone past, based on the tiny window opened through the excavation and reconstruction of the Pepper Wreck.

We hope that her work may excite the curiosity of the viewers of this project and help us make a case against the destruction of the last Portuguese Indiamen by looters and treasure hunters.

1. To get a better idea of what the "Cave" is see Parke, Frederic I., "Lower cost spatially immersive visualization for human environments" in Landscape and Urban Planning (2005) 73:234-243

Building a Virtual Nau

Hull Shape

10-13-virtualnau 09.jpg
10-13-virtualnau 10.jpg
10-13-virtualnau 12.jpg
10-13-virtualnau 06.jpg
08-09-side.jpg

Decks

10-13-virtualnau 04.jpg
08-09-front.jpg
03-06-fca07.jpg
10-13-virtualnau 06.jpg
02-27-nau 0002 Layer 16.jpg
02-27-nau 0003 Layer 15.jpg
02-27-nau 0004 Layer 14.jpg
02-27-nau 0006 Layer 12.jpg
04-09-fc-Ovens.jpg
05-01-bitts.jpg
05-18 largebitts persp.jpg
05-17 largebitts persp.jpg
05-01-capstan.jpg
05-18 pumps.jpg
05-01-pump.jpg

Weather Deck

02-27-nau 0000 Layer 18.jpg
03-06-fca01.jpg
04-09-fc-Cowsandetc.jpg
04-19-fc-bow above.jpg
04-19-fc-main hatch.jpg
08-30-cannon.jpg
Virtual nau 0000 Layer 10a.jpg
11-17-crate-fc.jpg
Virtual nau 0001 Layer 9a.jpg
11-17-grapnel model.jpg
08-30-cannon.jpg
Virtual nau 0000 Layer 10a.jpg
11-17-crate-fc.jpg
Virtual nau 0001 Layer 9a.jpg
11-17-grapnel model.jpg

Masts and Rigging

10-13-virtualnau 03.jpg
10-13-virtualnau 07.jpg
02-27-nau 0007 Layer 11.jpg
06-08-stays1.jpg
04-19-fc-sails persp view.jpg
02-27-nau 0001 Layer 17.jpg
06-08-shrouds1.jpg
06-08-shrouds6.jpg
06-08-stays1.jpg

External Links

The Virtual Nau Project on YouTube

Personal tools