The Monumental Arch, also called the Arch of Triumph (Arabic: قوس النصر) or the Arch of Septimius Severus, was a Roman ornamental archway in Palmyra, Syria. It was built in the 3rd century during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus. Its ruins later became one of the main attractions of Palmyra, until it was destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in October 2015.
2016 was a year in which you have followed several world events that have highlighted the fragility of art-world cultural heritage that previous civilizations have left us a legacy.
The scale replica (1: 3) of the ‘Arch of Palmyra, destroyed by the Isis at the end of 2015, the last year has crossed two continents covering more than 7000 kilometers. The first public presentation took place in London April 19, 2016 landing in the center of Treafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery; the same is landed September 19, 2016 in New York at City Hall Park in the heart of Manhattan.
To confirm the great symbolic and social value that the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra destroyed acquired for humanity, New York Times drawn up a ranking put the reconstruction of the Monumental Arch of Syrian City as one of the most emblematic art works of 2016.
The Arch of Palmyra was again the protagonist in the eyes of the world on the occasion of World Government Summit 2017: a global platform dedicated to how to use innovation and technology to solve the universal challenges of humanity, hold in Dubai in February 2017.
Thanks to the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), a joint venture between Harvard University, the University of Oxford and Dubai Future Foundation, with the collaboration of TORART, which made available its expertise and technology, has been possible to rebuild the Triumphal Arch destroyed.
This project is part of the Million Image Database that promotes the development and use of digital imaging and 3D printing techniques in archaeology, epigraphy, art history and museum conservation.
Digital archaeology represents the natural evolution of classical archaeology, permitting researchers to look at ancient objects in a whole new way, to uncover hidden inscriptions, invisible paint lines, the faintest palimpsests.
For these reasons TORART was able to reconstruct the Triumphal Arch in a philological way, using blocks of Egyptian marble and recreating all the details in 5 weeks only.