Take THAT, Taliban: Couple Creates 3D Hologram of Ancient Buddha Statue

Take THAT, Taliban: Couple Creates 3D Hologram of Ancient Buddha Statue

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Where one monumental Buddha statue once stood, another has been recreated with the help of a 3D laser light projection.

A wealthy Chinese couple made it their mission to restore the image of one of the two sacred Buddhas of Bamiyan, statues that towered over central Afghanistan for 1,500 years.

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Fans of both ancient history and advanced technology, the couple developed a special projector to recreate the taller, 175-foot statue in the valley’s cliff where it stood before the Taliban destroyed it in 2001.

Buddha statue before-after-YouTube
The statue (left) was hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs in around 507AD – until the Taliban destroyed it (right).

About 150 people came out to witness the temporary display in the empty cliffside of the Bamyan Valley, which is now a UN World Heritage Site.

The couple has also reportedly donated the projector to a local conservation group that will recreate the 3D image every year.

(READ more from the Shanghaiist) – Photos: YouTube

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