This project involves a collaboration between historians, artists and computer
scientists to create a virtual cultural and artistic exhibit of the Mogoa Grottoes of Dunhuang. Dunhuang, one of
western China's ancient cultural sites, is considered the gate way to the well-known Silk Road- the East-West trade
route between Asia and Europe.
The Mogoa Grottoes are located in the Gobi desert. It consists of 492 caves with murals covering 25,000 square
meters (approx. 269,097 square feet), wall fresco paintings, and more than 3000 painted sculptures. These caves
span a period of one thousand years, from the forth century to fourteen century. Each cave and each mural has its
The virtual exhibit of the Grottoes has been under development for a year. Three-dimensional models of the Grottoes
have been accurately created using data from researchers at NWU. These models have been imported into LIMBO as a quick collaborative evaluation and brainstorming tool. This piece is the first collaborative,
virtual exhibit of a historic site in the world- demonstrated at Supercomputing 1998 in Orlando Florida.
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