Les Dieux Changeants
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Nothing makes me happier than seeing brilliant people use our digitised cultural heritage to create new artistic expressions. Here´s Lucio Arese´s beautiful, philosophical, virtual wrecking of some the great sculptures of Western art history. This work bears evidence to the creative powers bubbling at the intersection of crowdsourcing and open heritage.

(Merete Sanderhoff, Art Historian – Curator and Senior Advisor for Statens Museum for Kunst)



Les Dieux Changeants is a CGI short film that depicts the destruction and collapse of ancient Greek and Roman statues.

The film creates a visually intriguing legacy: the static millenary beauty of those marbles being suddenly put into motion by a physical event, the hit of a bullet.

The act of destruction is represented as an allegory, an uncertain process oscillating between negative annihilation and positive creativity readable on many levels and left open to the viewer to discern.

A beautifully haunting short film

(CHAOS, world leading visualization software studio, developers of VRay)



The philosophical meaning of the film is open to interpretation with the emblematic end quote from Nietzsches Thus Spake Zarathustra. It could be seen as the end of something, a transformation, a cycle, a re-evaluation of established values, the beginning of something new, or just something mysterious or fascinating to look at.

Chopin Nocturne op. 27 n. 2 is the musical counterpart of this work. One of Chopin’s most beautiful pieces, its intimate sweet melancholy opposed to the kinetic brutality of the statues disgregating creates a contrast that gives force and delicacy, primitive energy and decadence at the same time.

A work of art in more ways than one

(Computer Graphics World)



All the statues portrayed in the film are 3d scans from real life casts created by Statens Museum for Kunst (the National Gallery of Denmark), from its Royal Cast Collection.



The National Gallery of Denmark has created the 3d scans of all the statues portrayed in the film. Those 3d scans are freely available on MyMiniFactory from the Statens Museum for Kunst profile. The 3d models are scanned from the Royal Cast collection of the Museum and the scanning process has been done by voluntaries from the Scan The World project.

The Museum has a big and growing collection of 3d models made available for the public. This is part of Open, the Statens Museum for Kunst initiative to digitize their entire collection to make it freely available for the public to use, remix and re-elaborate to create new art.

Les Dieux Changeants is a contribution to support and freely promote those very important ongoing programs and initiatives.


The statues displayed in the film are the Laocoon Group, the Barberini Faun, the Belvedere Hermes, the Athena Pallas Giustiniani and Belvedere Apollo. Five iconic image sequences, one for each statue, have been created from a selection of stills from the short film. They are available on CGSociety, world most respected network for digital artists and VFX industry professionals. Four out of five got featured on frontpage gallery and two awarded with a CGAward, the editors pick.




Les Dieux Changeants


Online publishing date: April 5th, 2021

Running time: 3:48

Aspect ratio: 1:78

Shooting Format: Digital 4K UHD

Color / No language


Lucio Arese


Fryderyk Chopin (Nocturne op. 27 n. 2)


Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)


Lucio Arese