Wednesday, August 10, 2005 News - Entertainment - Arts - Lasers to recreate statues destroyed by Taleban full News story

"AFGHANISTAN'S famous Bamiyan Buddhas are due to be recreated by multicoloured laser images projected on to the cliffs where they once stood. The 1,600-year-old statues were destroyed by the Taleban in 2001.

"Artist Hiro Yamagata will use solar and wind power to drive fourteen laser systems and project 140 faceless images, standing up to 175ft (52.5m) tall, onto the cliff-face for four hours every Sunday night.

"Afghan government officials, who approached the Japanese artist in 2003, are awaiting approval from United Nations cultural organisation, UNESCO, who must assess whether the laser beams could damage the cliffs."

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