Digitizing the Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument located in Elbert County, Georgia. It was erected over forty years ago. The creator and sponsor of the Guidestones is still a mystery. The monument consists of four granite slabs and inscribed with ten guidelines for humanity. Additionally, the guidelines are translated into eight different languages.

There is a lot of speculation about the reason for the monument. I believe the monument was created to survive a nuclear holocaust.

I’ve wanted to visit this location for many years. Recently, my business travels took me close to the site. As I got closer to the site, I was a bit excited yet apprehensive. In my estimation, population control part of the Guidelines has gruesome Implications. The mystery of who sponsored the monument is also a bit worrisome.

The first thing that shocked me about the monument was how stout it was. I expected to them to tower over the area. The site had a few visitors during the short time that I was there. As I started my photographic survey, I assume that I made one person uncomfortable, because they left.

To create the pointcloud and 3-D model, I photographed the site using an iPhone 13 Pro Max and a DJI Mavic Pro drone. Photogrammetry uses parallax to create a model and requires lots of photos. The software used to create the model is Metashape.

The pointcloud can be viewed here. Note that you must have a webgl enabled browser, which includes most updated browsers. If you have a VR device, you can also view it in VR.

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