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“Spirit in Stone”: an exhibition in New York on Italian technology used to protect cultural heritage

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 24 – A double Italian success was celebrated at the opening ceremony of “Spirit in Stone”, an exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The show, organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in partnership with the Oxford Institute of Digital Archaeology, illustrates Italy’s political commitments to the resolution on cultural heritage (Resolution n. 2347 – “Unite4Heritage”), which was unanimously adopted on 24 March 2017 by the United Nations Security Council, as well as the Italy-UNESCo agreement on the so called “Blue Helmets for Culture”.

With a one to one scale banner of the Arch of Palmira and the reconstruction of the old Nabatean goddess Allat, the exhibition focuses in particular on the use of Italian technology to reconstruct monuments destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

“Technology in these cases was used not to build, but to rebuild what has been destroyed,” the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi said at the cutting of the ribbon at the exhibition. “Our answer against those who want to destroy the cultural heritage of a population was to recreate the beauty of Palmyra”, highlighted the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Amendola. At the ceremony the President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak stressed an important message of “unity and resilience”: human beings have destroyed these works, human beings have rebuilt them.

Using scanners and 3D printers but also artisanal techniques, the Italian company TorArt, operating in the marble industry in Carrara, reconstructed the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra that was damaged by ISIS in 2015. The new Arch has been displayed all over the world, from London to Dubai, from New York to Florence during last G7 for culture. More recently the reproduction was installed for three months in the main square of the small town of Arona on Lake Maggiore. The mayor of Arona, Alberto Gusmeroli, was present at the ceremony in New York.

(@Onuitalia, 24 november 2017)
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Dal 2000 sono giornalista, ho iniziato con un internship per l'agenzia di stampa americana Dow Jones, passando per una breve esperienza all'Ansa a Londra, e tanti anni nelle redazioni milanesi di quotidiani, giornali online e agenzie di stampa. Per me il giornalismo è un servizio, soprattutto per chi non ha voce. Contact: Website | More Posts

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