The Yungang Grottoes Art Gallery is displaying full-size 3D printed Buddhist statues recreated from carvings at a UNESCO World Heritage site.
3D printing is a technology of the future, but one area that it has proved valuable for is the preservation of historical and cultural relics. Earlier this week, in the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao, the Yungang Grottoes Art Gallery opened an exhibition featuring 3D printed replicas of three ancient Buddhist statues.
These full-size models are imitations of Buddhist figures carved into a sandstone cliff at the Yungang Grottoes caves. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Datong City, Shanxi province, northern China.
The Yungang Grottoes caves extend for nearly 1km, and house around 51,000 carved statues and images throughout the 250-plus caves at the site.