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Italy launches cultural rescue project at Dubai’s Expo 2020

Italy, renowned for its centuries of experience trying to preserve its rich artistic culture, used its appearance at a World’s Fair in Dubai as a way to help at-risk other countries around the Mediterranean defend heritage. To start the project.

Italy has already grabbed headlines with its pavilion at Expo 2020, which opened at the beginning of the month after a year-long delay due to the pandemic.

The center of its national performance a . Is Reproduction of Michelangelo’s David, using one of the world’s largest 3D printers and based on 40 hours of digital scanning of an original 16th-century marble statue standing in Florence.

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

“Like the Bamiyan Buddhas (in Afghanistan) or Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph (in Syria), our cultural heritage is under threat. There is a threat from nature and also from humans,” said Tuki, who will head the centre.

Michelangelo’s 3-D Twin of David statue is pictured at the Italian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020. (Reuters/Rula Rouhana)

Speaking at the project’s launch on Sunday, he said it was essential to preserve the heritage for future generations and that Italy would share “the best techniques” to train professionals from the Mediterranean region, who will be able to develop objects and sites. Preserve, digitize and restore what may be lost in violence. .

Hybrid courses will be introduced in online and in-person sessions in the coming weeks and the Advanced Vocational Training Center for the Digitization and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage will remain at the Italian Pavilion after the World’s Fair closes in March. it is not yet

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Based on the theme “Beauty connects people”, the pavilion is one of nearly 200 stands representing 192 countries at Expo 2020 Dubai. It is the first World’s Fair to be held in the Middle East and will be followed by Expo 2015 in Milan.

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

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