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A 4D Virtual Presentation of the White Bastion Fortress

Selma Rizvič

ABSTRACT

The fortress known as the White Bastion is one of the most impressive and important historical sites in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on the southeast outskirts of the city and offers a view on the city valley. During the history it had a very significant and strategic position. The fortification is a part of the dominant defence walls that were surrounding the old city of Vratnik.

The value of the historical site presents the various strata, starting from medieval until the present time. During the archaeological excavations there were found the remains from medieval fortification from 14th century, Ottomans period (17th century) when the fortification was expanded and some new objects were built. During the Austro-Hungarian rule the part of the fortification and the object inside the walls were demolished and destroyed and a new group of objects was built.  During the early excavation, a significant number of artifacts was found, registered and conserved for the purpose of the exhibition hosted in Museum of Sarajevo.

4D Virtual presentation of the White Bastion aims to present the historical development of this cultural heritage object through digital stories combined with interactive 3D models of the Bastion in various time periods. These models contain digitized findings from the site and their 3D reconstructions.

Keywords: interactive digital storytelling, virtual cultural heritage, virtual reality, 3D virtual reconstruction, COSCH

FIGURES

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Fig 1. Structure of the virtual presentation © Screenshot of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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Fig. 2.  Bijela tabija (White bastion) fortress, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Photo by Hakija Hadžalić, 2016

 

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Fig. 3.  Actual state of the complex with historical stratification Source/© [13]

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Fig. 4.  Artifacts found on the site. Photo Museum of Sarajevo, 2000

 

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Fig. 5. Artistic drawing of Catarino Zeno, a traveler whose travelogue is the earliest known written record of the fortress. Screenshot from the White Bastion movie © BHRT, 2016

 

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Fig. 6.  Exterior and interior 3D models of the fortress from medieval period, © Screenshots of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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Fig. 7.  First 3D model of the fortress from the Ottoman period, © Screenshots of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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Fig. 8.  Display of an archaeological artifact and its reconstruction, © Screenshots of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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Fig. 9.  Location shooting – the story about medieval period, Photo by Selma Rizvic, 2016

 

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Fig. 10.  Location shooting – story about the Ottoman period, Photo by Selma Rizvic, 2016

 

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Fig. 11.  Reconstructed artifacts and the trigger for digital story inside the White Bastion interactive virtual environment, © Screenshot of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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Figure 12. Home page of White Bastion project with interactive animation, © Screenshot of White Bastion interactive application, 2016

 

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