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The recent acts of cultural destruction have been described by UNESCO as a ‘cultural tragedy’ and strongly condemned by ICOMOS. Beyond just destruction, we are witness to looting and black market sales of cultural heritage from Iraq, Syria and beyond. Likewise, cultural heritage is also at risk by natural hazards, such as the devastating results of the earthquake in Nepal has demonstrated.
Following the destruction of cultural heritage in northern Iraq in 2015, Project Mosul was founded by Matthew Vincent and Chance Coughenour as a volunteer effort to facilitate the empowerment of volunteers from across the globe to aid in the digital 3D reconstruction of lost heritage. As the project has advanced its scope internationally, so too, has its name. Rekrei means recreate in Esperanto, a language that was constructed for the purpose of international universality. Building on the initial workflow of using crowdsourced images to virtually recreate artefacts using photogrammetry, a web-based platform was created which is now evolved to better utilise publicly-available data on the web to assist our volunteers in new ways.
Visit the Sketchfab Gallery of the project.
- Vincent, M. L., Coughenour, C., Remondino, F., Flores Gutierrez, M., Lopez-Menchero Bendicho, V. M., Frtisch, D., 2015: Crowd-sourcing the 3D digital reconstructions of lost cultural heritage. Digital Heritage 2015, Vol. 1, pp. 171-172, doi: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7413863
- Gruen, A., Remondino, F., Zhang, L., 2004: Photogrammetric Reconstruction of the Great Buddha of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. The Photogrammetric Record, Vol.19(107), September 2004, pp. 177-199.