OUR COLUMNIST SCULPTURESTEPH SAYS:
‘There are many considerations, meanings, symbolism, values inherent to the sculptures location, context, working practices, styles, alterations, care, and eventually their absence.
Which of these, are to be communicated requires a discussion, which the responsible body for the preservation and conservation of World Cultural Heritage (and that definition means its important not only to the local community, or an ‘experts’ opinion- but has a significance to our World Heritage, ie. all of us) should have facilitated…better?
The argument of …’as for the decision not to recreate the Buddhas, it can be seen as the wheel of history turning full circle’, is a lame reason, or another excuse to not deal with the discussion at all.
It conveniently leaves out the significance of the act of vandalism on a World Heritage Site as a statement of disregard for universally held ethics and all the associated practices of…
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