Bamiyan Buddhas Rise Again in Light

From The Atlantic

Reproductions like Afghanistan’s laser Buddhas are inadequate substitutes for destroyed artifacts, but they can nevertheless defy that destruction and preserve some measure of cultural patrimony. In a report on the situation in ISIS-held Mosul this week, the BBC’s Ghadi Sary told a story about leaving a reproduced sculpture of a winged bull (ISIS had destroyed the original) in his hotel room, only to later find a note on it apparently written by someone on the hotel staff: “It said, ‘My greetings to you and to whoever sculpted this. It smells of our civilization. It smells of our lost heritage.’ Signed, ‘The son of Iraq.’”

I wonder how technology will allow us to recreate what times and terror take away. I wonder, in a philosophical sense, if this is a good thing, but I have to say, I was devastated when these statues were destroyed and am happy to see them come back, even in photonic form.