Italy launches cultural rescue project at Expo 2020 Dubai

Italy, renowned for its centuries of experience in trying to preserve its rich artistic culture, took advantage of its presence at a World’s Fair in Dubai to launch a project to help other nations around the Mediterranean save heritage by Danger.

Italy has already made headlines with its pavilion at Expo 2020, which opened earlier this month after a year of delay due to the pandemic.

At the center of its national display is a reproduction of Michelangelo’s David, made using one of the largest 3D printers in the world and based on 40 hours of digital scanning of the original 16th century marble sculpture that is located in Florence.

Grazia Tucci, an engineering professor at the University of Florence, said the model is an example of the type of work her center will promote.

“Like the Buddhas of Bamiyan (in Afghanistan) or the triumphal arch of Palmyra (in Syria), our cultural heritage is in danger. Endangered by nature and also by humans, ”said Tucci, who will run the center.

The 3D twin of Michelangelo’s David statue is pictured in the Italian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. (REUTERS / Rula Rouhana)

Speaking at the launch of the project on Sunday, she said it was essential to preserve heritage for future generations and that Italy would share “the best technologies” to train professionals from around the Mediterranean in preservation, digitization and the restoration of objects and sites that could be lost as a result of the violence. .

Hybrid courses, involving online and in-person sessions, will be launched over the next few weeks and the Advanced Professional Training Center for the Digitization and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage will remain at the Italian pavilion after the World Expo closes in March. . It’s not yet

clear for how long.

Based on the theme “Beauty Connects People”, the pavilion is one of some 200 booths at Expo 2020 Dubai representing 192 countries. This is the first global exhibition to be held in the Middle East and follows on from Expo 2015 in Milan.

Organizers hope to attract 25 million visits. They have not officially released visitor numbers, but the UAE’s national newspaper said more than 50,000 people had visited 170 different nationalities so far.

?? For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss the latest updates!