New temporary 3-D installation, “Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang,” at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
Enter through the Enid A. Haupt Garden and proceed to the Moongate Garden
New technology resurrects an ancient Chinese World Heritage Site at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Saturday from Saturday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 9. “Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang” is an immersive digital recreation of a Chinese Buddhist cave, on view for the first time in the U.S. as part of the Sackler’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Using 3-D modeling, animations, video and recoloring, the installation makes colorful murals come alive with floating figures, performing musicians and a looming 3-D Buddha sculpture, allowing visitors to step inside a hyper-real tour of one of the world’s most important treasures.
Fifteen-minute timed tickets will be available free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Sackler’s visitors’ desk 10 a.m.–5:15 p.m., Dec. 1–Dec. 9. Only 10 people will be allowed in the installation at a time.
Press can preview “Pure Land” at a media reception at the Sackler Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6–8:30 p.m. (RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org; space is limited) or by making an appointment with the press office at email@example.com.
“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 Sackler’s presentation is made possible by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation.
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