London’s Imperial War Museum, together with Google, showcased a 3D-printed version of the Lion of Mosul statue on Wednesday, which was destroyed by the Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).
Cultural Programme Curator at Historic England Tamsin Silvey explained that Google Arts and Culture used crowdsourced photographs and a 3D printer to recreate the historically significant statue, which once... Еще stood outside Iraq’s Temple of Nimrud but was destroyed by the Islamic State while it was on display at the Mosul Museum in 2015.
“It's really important and interesting because it's showing how technology and how the public can contribute to recovering cultural heritage when it's destroyed,” she said.
For those who are unable to visit the museum but still wish to see the resurrected statue, an interactive 3D model of the statue is also available online.
The exhibition, entitled ‘What Remains,’ opens on Friday and runs for a six-month period. It is part of the museum’s ‘Culture Under Attack’ season — a series of exhibitions and performances that explore the destruction and protection of culture during wartime.