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3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City

3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City

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A year after the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State, a 3D-printed recreation of one of its most iconic structures has begun its world tour. Originally erected in London’s Trafalgar square in April, on Monday, the replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in its new location outside city hall in New York City.

The Palmyra Arch of Triumph prior to its destruction.. Image © Wikimedia user Bgag. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
The Palmyra Arch of Triumph prior to its destruction.. Image © Wikimedia user Bgag. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Two-thirds the scale of the original, the reconstructed arch was carved from Egyptian marble blocks using a team of Italian stone-carving robots, which followed a 3D model of the arch assembled from photographs taken of the structure prior to its demise.

For centuries, the 1,800-year-old arch served as the entrance to the Temple of Bel, the center of religious life in Palmyra. Even after the city’s abandonment, the monument remained an important example of Roman architecture in the Middle East.

The Arch of Triumph will remain in New York for one week as it coincides with the United National General Assembly, before traveling to its next location in Dubai.

The project is the result of a collaboration between archaeologists at Oxford University’s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to preserve the historic architecture of threatened or destroyed sites through the digitization and recreation of their artifacts.

Read more about the project, here.

News via the Guardian.

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City" 21 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/795744/3d-printed-replica-of-syrian-arch-destroyed-by-isis-erected-in-new-york-city/> ISSN 0719-8884
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3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City