Credit ICONEM/PASCAL CONVERT
Upon an invitation from the French embassy of Afghanistan, Cornis tools have been used by Pascal Convert (plastic artist) and company Iconem (specialized in cultural heritage digitization by drone) in order to fully digitize the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the monumental statues of standing Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley.
Q : Bringing Cornis tools in Afghanistan! Can you tell us more about it?
A: Fifteen years ago, the Taliban were destructing the carved Buddhas of the Bamyan cliff. In order to commemorate this event and to prevent new destructions from erasing this part of Afghanistan’s history forever, plastic artist Pascal Convert and company Iconem have decided to digitize the entire surface of the Bamiyan cliff and caves that were sculpted and painted.
Q: Why did Cornis decide to take part in this adventure?
A: As Pascal Convert said “Drone-based photogrammetry [method used by Iconem] enables to make 3D models of the cliff. But the sharpness of the details was below my expectations”. They eventually called upon Cornis’ know-how in very high-resolution digitization. The main challenge for our team was to adapt our system to the very unusual need of the Bamiyan project.