I wrote about the importance of our cultural heritage in my new book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling. What on earth does one have to do with the other? Well, I mention the importance of our culture and the art left behind, as well as what we can learn from such rich artifacts. This is in the 3D scanning Chapter. You don’t have to surf long on the web to see how many people, in their indifference and anger are destroying cultural artifacts like the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
In the book I talk about how a company called Cyark is scanning cultural artifacts from all over the world. They are doing this in the hopes of preserving and documenting these treasures in case of natural or human destruction. Mes Anyak is a 5,000 year old and very large archaeological site that is an incredibly rich cultural reservoir with art that is being uncovered and expected to be uncovered for the next 40 years. Here is the catch— it is scheduled to be blown up. You will have to follow the links in this post and be sure to read my book to discover why. ( Don’t wait for the book- act now!)
Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. (From http://www.savingmesaynak.com/)
I came upon Mes Anyak while writing my book and my heart wept at what I saw. I immediately felt a kinship to Brent Huffman for his work in trying to spread the word about Mes Anyak. I was honored to feature his photography and this incredible place in the book. Though 3D scanning is a wonderful way to preserve and document, and I would love to talk to anyone who is 3D scanning any part of Mes Anyak for my Art and Technology Podcast. But scanning feels like putting a bandaid on a gun shot wound. To me, it is senseless to blow up this treasure trove- akin to murder. Brent is trying to make a documentary to spread the word about Mes Anyak in the hope of saving it. Please visit his kickstarter campaign.
Like Mes Anyak—Brent has limited time.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Please watch the video of this incredible place, visit the kickstarter, help and pass on this post to others.
Time is of the essence.
Help #SaveMesAynak from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.