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RecoVR: Mosul, a collective reconstruction





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Published on May 20, 2016

In February 2015, Islamic State militants posted a video online showing the destruction of antiquities in and around the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq. For our first virtual reality project and 360° video, we have built a virtual museum to house those destroyed objects. This reconstruction of the Mosul Museum in Iraq was commissioned by The Economist Media Lab in association with Project Mosul.

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RecoVR: Mosul takes you on a tour of the virtual Mosul Museum in Iraq to showcase the work of Rekrei (formerly known as Project Mosul), a heritage project dedicated to restoring lost cultural heritage through photogrammetry and 3D modeling. The tour highlights antiquities in and around the Mosul Museum that were destroyed by Islamic State in 2015. It tells the story of their destruction and explains how The Economist and Project Mosul reconstructed the antiquities and built the virtual museum. Read the full story here:

RecoVR: Mosul was created by Ziv Schneider and Laura Chen in The Economist Media Lab and premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November 2015. This version features additional VR production by Visualise.

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