Sigiriya Frescoes Being Preserved with 3D Laser Scanning
Conserving the Sigiriya Frescoes in Sri Lanka is being aided by the use of 3D laser scanning with the assistance of the Central Cultural Fund.
The Sigiriya Frescoes were painted on the western surface of Sigiriya Rock which is located in the Matale District of central Sri Lanka. They were the highlight of a massive palace complex built in 480AD by King Kasyapa. Today only a few survive in a small pocket half-way up the rock, about 100 meters above ground.
A new method to conserve and protect the frescoes and other valuable sites in Sigiriya were discussed at a media briefing held today at the Sigiriya Museum.
Throughout the years, Sigiriya has astounded travellers, both local and foreign. The importance of the frescoes are spread far and wide and it is the earliest preserved art in Sri Lanka.
Prof, B. D Nandasena stated that the University of Kelaniya together with the Archeology Department of the Bamberg University in Germany and the Central Cultural Fund are working on a project to preserve these frescoes.
Explaining facts he stated that a Laser 3D project is been carried out through laser scanning in order to protect the frescoes after which the paintings will be monitored annually.
He also continued to say that through this mechanism it is possible to give a 100% accurate replica with the help of this technology and that after the recording is done, there prevails the ability to view the frescoes through scanned recordings. He added that it would be of great help to the aged, disabled soldiers and even the tourist that visit Sri Lanka.
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