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The Present and Future of Conservation of Mogao Caves & Digital Works of Dunhuang Mogao Caves

The colloquium discusses the possibility of using digital technology to preserve the exquisite caverns of Mogao.

October 4, 2007 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Fan Jinshi, Director, Dunhuang Research Academy
Wang Xudong, Deputy Director, Dunhuang Research Academy

Rich in Buddhist murals and painted statues of exquisite craftsmanship, the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang have become a mecca for artists, scholars and tourists.  Its fame has been it's downfall, though, and now the grotto caverns and their famous works of ancient art are under siege.  In March 2003, the president of the Dunhuang Academy, Fan Jinshi, and 24 members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) submitted a proposal for the  preservation of the grottoes, a plan that included the use of digital technology and the promise of a virtual tour of the grottoes, in a bid to keep visitors from destroying the caverns with their sheer numbers.