Administrators of the ancient Yungang Grottoes in Datong City, Shanxi Province, have kicked off a global campaign seeking a logo design for the UNESCO World Heritage…
Conservationists from the Yungang Grottoes Research Institute and Zhejiang University (ZJU) have created movable replicas of its 3D printed ancient Buddhist statues. The Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site located west of Beijing near the city of Datong, contains over 50,000 statues, carved into golden sandstone cliffs and displays the origins of Chinese Buddhist […]
Supported by 3D printing technology, the movable replica of a cave in the Yungang Grottoes, a 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, has passed experts’ tests this week.
State news agency Xinhua reported that it took six months and 20 3D printers working around the clock to print the 17.9-metre long, 13.6-metre wide and 10-metre tall grotto.
Its dimensions mirror exactly the largest Buddhist sculptural cave at Yungang Grottoes, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Shanxi province.
The project, jointly developed by researchers from Zhejiang University and the administrators of Yungang Grottoes, is the first time that 3D printing technology has been used to replicate a cultural relic, experts told Xinhua.
The replica has now gone on display to the public in Qingdao in the eastern province of Shandong.
The reproduction used data from nearly 10,000 photographs taken over a two-year period to plot the exact shape and dimensions of the grotto, producing 852 different sections to be assembled into the whole.
- A perfect copy of the ‘West Empress Chamber’ of China’s Yungang Grottoes has been produced
- 20 3D printers worked more than 4,000 hours non-stop to re-create 842 facsimile pieces of the cave
- Yungang Grottoes, a 1,500-year-old UNESCO site, contain 252 impressive caves and 51,000 statues
- Chinese team have started replicating two other grottoes of Yungang after copying the largest one
It’s one of the greatest artworks in the world, and now Chinese archaeologists and artists are using 3D printing to make a perfect copy of the Yungang Buddhist Grottoes.
‘West Empress Chamber’, the number 3 and the largest cave of Yungang Grottoes in northern China, have been meticulously re-created using specially developed 3D printers and state-of-the-art scanning technology.
Experts have now started re-producing two other grottoes of Yungang, a 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site containing 252 cave temples and 51,000 statues.
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.
I re-watched one of my favorite movies this weekend, Hitch, about a New York City dating consultant played by Will Smith. While on an early morning date to Ellis Island with the woman he’s interested in, Hitch tells her, “You can’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,” right before he shows her where her great-great-grandfather signed his name when he entered America.
While the line didn’t work out so well for Hitch, it got me thinking about how one of the many advantages of 3D printing technology is its ability to fabricate recreations of our heritage and keep history alive. South Korea made its culture available online in 3D printable form, and Syria has used the technology to restore its heritage after brutal attacks by ISIS members destroyed several important pieces and buildings.
The ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes, the Yungang Grottoes are located near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi.
They are divided into three parts: the eastern (caves 1-4), the middle, with Buddha statues in the center (caves 5-13), and the western (caves 14-53) parts.
All together, the site is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha stone statues.
The smallest statue is only two centimeters and the biggest is 17 meters tall.
They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and According to UNESCO, they are a masterpiece of early Chinese Buddhist cave art.