In Brief

An artist is trying to recreate historical treasures for future generations

For Material Speculation: ISIS, artist Morehshin Allahyari dug out all information she could on important artifacts destroyed by ISIS then 3D-printed their replicas. A USB drive and memory card containing her research is embedded within each statue.

The thousand-year old histories of the tampered originals were replaced by these digital data. While they aren’t exactly comparable, it’s a step forward from the great loss to the terrorist group’s cultural cleansing drives.

Allahyari’s 3D-printed sculptures are not made to scale as many of the destroyed objects were life size. However, they capture details and somehow reflect the aesthetics of the civilizations where they come from. Given their new dimensions, these statues are easier to store and display around the world.

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