Saturday May 30, 2015

3D printing artifacts destroyed by ISIS

A 3D printing by artist Morehshin Allahyari recreating a relic destroyed by ISIS.

A 3D printing by artist Morehshin Allahyari recreating a relic destroyed by ISIS. (moreshin.com)

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ISIS recently occupied the Syrian city of Palmyra, once again raising fears that along with a wave of violence against people will come the destruction of priceless artifacts. 

Earlier this year, a video emerged of men using sledgehammers and drills to demolish ancient statues in a museum in Mosul, Iraq. That video prompted artist Morehshin Allahyari to recreate some of the lost objects through 3D printing. 

The project is called "Material Speculation: ISIS" and you can see some of the pieces here.