The VW was hand measured by Sutherland's students: Jim Clark (of SGI/Netscape fame), Bui-Tui Phong (of Phong shading fame), Raphel Rom (of Catmull-Rom spline fame), and Robert McDermott (of Vegreville Egg fame). (I just listed some highlights of careers, they all accomplished much more!)
A first hand account of the model creation is preserved by Mr. McDermott on page 7 of the Fall 2003 edition of The Utah Teapot  (the aptly named University of Utah School of Computing quarterly newsletter).
The CS Dept. at the U of Utah has such a storied history, especially rich in fundamental computer graphics research . Growing up in proximity to it definitely shaped my career path.
> Back in his lab, he entered the sketched coordinates—called bézier
> control points, first used in the design of automobile bodies—on a
> Tektronix storage tube, an early computer memory.
Edit: Teapot on a Tektronix 4014: https://youtu.be/bZOrL7f1-kE
Other highlights include the working Babbage Engine, with a rather good lecture.
Antihighlights include the otherwise excellent display on the history of integrated circuits, sponsored by Intel, which doesn't mention ARM in any way anywhere...
The museum's totally worth a look if you're there.
Things like the relativistic boxcars in physics, the urns and balls in probability (http://www.arcaneknowledge.org/science/ehrenfest.html), the teapot, Lena, blocks-world in AI.
alpha_1 was a system going back to the 1980 designed specifically for modeling with NURBS: https://www.cs.utah.edu/gdc/projects/alpha1/help/man/html/in...
It'd be interesting to see a follow-up on the HSCI alumni and where they are now.
I also recently noticed that websites historically hosted on home.utah.edu were removed. I was going to find my old model (a model of Escher's Belvedere) but it's now gone.
my model: http://imgur.com/VqPVSAj
I checked the Wayback Machine (archive.org), but unfortunately it doesn't have those pages mirrored. It's very sad that this history seems to be getting lost. At least one prestigious alumni (HSCI '92) that of I'm aware of is Berkeley Prof. Alexei Efros .
Awesome model! It's definitely one of the best ones I've seen from that program.
Yes, the final captures of hsci all say "page not found" (soft 404), but the earlier ones are fine.
I think some of the links historically were also under ece.utah.edu. I might be able to find some other direct links on a few older computers which might still be in the wayback machine.