WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) – A 3-D portrait of President Obama is now on display in the Smithsonian Institution Building.

A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama’s head to create the first 3-D portrait of a sitting president.

Digital imaging specialists have created a 3-D printed bust and life mask of Obama, which will be his first presidential depictions in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

The Smithsonian says its team scanned Obama earlier this year using two distinct 3-D processes. Experts from the University of Southern California used their “light stage” face scanner to document the president’s face from ear to ear.

A new video released Tuesday by the White House details the behind-the-scenes process of scanning, creating and printing the historic portraits.

The portraits will be on view in the Commons Gallery of the Castle starting Dec. 2 through Dec. 31. The portraits were previously displayed at the White House Maker Faire June 18.

The Smithsonian has three other life masks of presidents — one of George Washington and two of Abraham Lincoln. Those were created through plaster casting.


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