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We gave an interview in the Tagesspiegel about our work that is displayed in the exhibition “Uruk – 5000 years of the megacity“, which will be open on the 25th of April 2013. There is an online version of the article here.

It doesn’t look like much, but these are actually the results of five years of work. The five animations are finally done and ready to implement into the exhibition “Uruk – 5.000 years of the megacity“, which will be open to the public on the 25th of April 2013 in the Pergamonmuseum Berlin. Tomorrow, we will be heading to the museum to test the animations on location, but we are very confident, that everything will be fine.

On the 25th of April, that’s in about two weeks, the exhibition “Uruk – 5.000 years of the megacity” will be open to the public at the Pergamon Museum Berlin. For the last five years we were working closely with the German Archaeological Institute to reconstruct major parts of the ancient city of Uruk. Some of this work can already be seen on our website: The Stone-Cone Building, the Seleucid Period and the Late Uruk Period are already available and more projects and results will follow in the next months, once the exhibition has opened.

In addition to the above mentioned, we will present reconstructions of the Sinkashid Palace, the ziggurat of the Ur-III Period and the White Temple of Uruk. The results will be displayed as animations, plots and even on one big diorama with the interior of the White Temple. Of course, all of the reconstructions can be found in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. We are still working on the final drafts of our animations, but are very confident that everything will be ready in time. If you are near Berlin or Mannheim please take the time and visit the exhibition, we would love some feedback and opinions!

For a while now, we have been working on several reconstructions for the Uruk Visualisation Project. On our website you will find examples from the Late Uruk Period as well as the Seleucid Period. Besides that, we visualised the ziggurat of the Ur-III Period as well as the famous White Temple, the Stone-Cone Building and the Sin-kashid Palace. Currently, we are working on two new Uruk-related restitutions that we will write about soon.

Most of these works will be presented in the upcoming large Uruk exhibition in Berlin. From the 25th of April to the 8th of September 2013 the Pergamon Museum in Berlin will host the exhibition “Uruk – 5000 years of the megacity”! After that, from October 2013 to April 2014, the exhibition will move to the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

As part of the exhibition, our reconstructions will be displayed in order to help with the understanding of the city’s structure and its prominent architecture. They will be seen as animations and stills and will also be featured in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. We are very excited about that and look forward to this big exhibition. To get further information on the exhibition itself, you can visit the official website or the press release of the German Archaeological Institute.

I wrote about the production of three dioramas for the National Museum in Herat here. Today we received news from Herat and some pictures of the installation and grand opening of the museum. See how the local museum staff in Afghanistan is installing our dioramas! Great :)
I hope I can post some more pictures of the finished installation soon.

(Photographs: © Ute Franke)

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