The Bamiyan Buddha Augmented Reality Reconstruction


As part of the LearningLayers meeting in Aachen, we were invited to visit the RWTH Augmented Reality ‘Cave’. Only words to describe the experience –  this is what it would be like on a real ‘magic flying carpet‘! Incredible being able to fly around the whole statue and it’s surrounding geographical area – what a great project recreating this lost artefact. The importance and significance of the loss are reported in the Unesco Report (2013)

“Enclosed between the high mountains of the Hindu Kush in the central highlands of Afghanistan, the Bamiyan Valley opens out into a large basin bordered to the north by a long, high stretch of rocky cliffs. The Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley comprise a serial property consisting of eight separate sites within the Valley and its tributaries. Carved into the Bamiyan Cliffs are the two niches of the giant Buddha statues (55m and 38m high) destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, and numerous caves forming a large ensemble of Buddhist monasteries, chapels and sanctuaries along the foothills of the valley dating from the 3rd to the 5th century C.E.”

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/208

The technical report on the project can be accessed here:

http://www.icomos.de/pdf/ICOMOS_Publikation_Bamiyan.pdf

And an excellent thesis around the concepts underpinning this type of technology:

http://www.vision.rwth-aachen.de/people/aljosa-osep/thesis_doc.pdf

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