London, Nov 29 (ANI): A Buddhist temple in Kyoto is set to display its historic sculptures on iPads - but in 3D.
The project has been launched at Byodoin, one of the nation's oldest temples dating back nearly 1,000 years and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Five iPads will display three-dimensional structures located in the temple in the Kyoto region.
The artworks form part of a collection of 52 wooden sculptures titled Bosatsu on Clouds, which were created in 1053 and have been declared National Treasures by the Japanese government.
A laser scanner was used to capture the images of five of the ancient artworks from the front, back and sides, in order to enable visitors to appreciate the intricacy of the craftsmanship from all angles.
"I wanted people to be able to feel the aesthetic values that date back a thousand years by using computer graphics to recreate how these sculptures originally looked," the Telegraph quoted Monsho Kamii, a priest at Byodoin, as saying.
The sculptures are said to be created originally created by Jocho, the acclaimed 11th century artist and master of religious statues who is widely credited with redefining Buddhist artistry in Japan. (ANI)