During the last few weeks I got somewhat carried away by creating
fictitious bathymetry off Verlegenhuken, Svalbard... but then I met that
architecture geek from Tbilisi on some German POV-Ray channel on
YouTube! 20 years ago, he participated in the "The Laboratory" round of
the IRTC, just look for George Partskhaladze on the IRTC website.
Those of you frequently reading my posts might be aware of my
fascination with Georgia... its stunning architecture (Byzantine!
Classicist! Art Nouveau! Soviet avant-garde!), its huge variety of
landscapes and most of all its generally exciting blend of European and
And now I meet a real Georgian on the Internet who on top also (still)
is an avid POVer! Jackpot!!! I told him of my enthusiasm for POV-Ray, of
my ambitions to model my home city of Cologne and of course POVEarth...
and he's still very active in architectural modeling with POV-Ray, for
example he did a historical reconstruction of 19th century Yerevan
Square in Tbilisi (now Freedom Square/Tavisuplebis Moedani):
And he himself would like to model the entire Old City of Tbilisi, but
still has some problems with the landscape relief... this cries for a
collaboration! The next thing I will do in the course of POVEarth is
downloading the ASTER tiles for Tbilisi and surrounding areas,
converting them to POV-Ray heightfields and mesh2, finally uploading
them onto my webspace so that Mr. Partskhaladze can download and use
them for his project - to which I also would like to contribute!
Modelling Tbilisi would be quite an experience!
See you in Khyberspace!
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