In the fall of 1991, two hikers in the Ötztal Alps came upon the mummified remains of a 5,300 year old man. His body and accompanying artifacts were expertly preserved and provide scientists a window into the life of a man in Neolithic Europe.
This unique find has made its way to New York via the DNA Learning Center. The DNALC worked with the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to make two 3D replicas of the Ötzi mummy; one is installed in an exhibit at the DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor and the other in a future DNALC in NYC. These will be the only authorized replicas of Ötzi outside of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
The replicas were made by Gary Staab, the leading artist specializing in natural history and prehistoric life models for museums. The initial replica was made by large-scale 3D printing from a CT scan of the original Ötzi mummy. The 3D print was used to make a rubber mold, from which a durable resin cast was made. This was followed by weeks of finishing and painting, based upon an existing photographic atlas of Ötzi.
The process of creating the replica and installing it at the DNALC was documented to create a NOVA television special, Iceman Reborn, produced by Bsquared Media. The program premiered on February 17, 2016.