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3D Light Projecting the Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in danger, the Buddha complex and surrounding cliffs and valleys in Bamiyan, Afghanistan survived 1,500 years before the Taliban blasted away the two giant statues in 2001. Today, many archaeologists oppose restoration for fear of future Taliban action and concerns that the damage is already far too great. While the focus turns to conservation and stabilization, Chinese family Janson Hu and Liyan Yu financed the creation of a projector that could fill the space where Solsol (the larger Buddha) once stood. They began to project in 2015 before donating the 3D-image projector to the city. Too costly to run with frequency, it still provides hope among the fragments. Read more at the New York Times.

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