Pure Land – Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang

Posted filed under3D, China, Featured, Installations, Religion, Shows.

 Grottoes at Dunhuang
“Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang” is an immersive digital experience of a Chinese Buddhist cave, on view for the first time in North America. Using 3-D modeling, animations, video and recoloring, the installation recreates one of the famous Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang, China. Colorful murals come alive with floating figures, performing musicians and a looming three-dimensional Buddha sculpture, allowing visitors to step inside a hyper-real tour of one of the world’s most important treasures. “Pure Land” is a project of the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center of the City University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the ALIVE project and Dunhuang Academy.

The installation will be located in a heated tent in the adjacent Moongate Garden Dec. 1–Dec. 9. It recreates one of the famous Buddhist cave temples of Dunhuang, China—a UNESCO World Heritage Site currently closed to the public to ensure its preservation.

ALiVE’s project – Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang

This is a research project of Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE).

For more details, please refer to alive.scm.cityu.edu.hk/projects/alive/pure-land-inside-the-magao-grottoes-at-dunhuang-2012/

Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang Exhibition

“The idea of constructing Buddhist temples by hollowing out rock faces was brought to China from Central Asia, where monuments of this sort had been constructed for centuries. Over the years, more and more caves would be excavated and decorated as pious acts on the part of monks and artists. Most of the cave temples were begun in the north during the Northern Dynasties. Cave temples at Dunhuang were begun in 366; at Bingling and Maijishan in the early fifth century; at Yungang in 460; at Longmen and Gongxian in the early sixth century. During the Tang period additions were made to many of these cave temple complexes, especially Dunhuang and Longmen.”

Read on and find out more here….