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Replica of Cave With Prehistoric Paintings is Really Quite Amazing

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 13, 2015

Replica of Cave With Prehistoric Paintings  is Really Quite Amazing

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There is nothing like the splendor of a cave festooned with prehistoric paintings. Well, nothing save an exact replica of said cave.

BBC News reported that tourists in France will finally have a chance to glimpse the famed Grotte Chauvet in the southern part of the country.

To be a tad more precise, visitors to the installation that opens April 25 will be taking a gander at a pristinely produced forgery.

The reason, as the report stated, is really quite simple: “The original is closed to the public. The copy, at nearby Vallon-Pont d'Arc, is expected to attract many tourists.”

The fact that the original site is a UNESCO World Heritage location means authorities will do what they can to preserve its integrity.

We imagine that means keeping would-be cave-defacing humans out of the original cave that holds drawings that are reportedly 32,000 years old.

Euronews has a video report that gives us a sense of what the forged cave will look like.

Authorities that are setting up the installation seem absolutely tickled at the prospects, and it seems they believe you will be just as jubilant looking at a fake.

The video features Pascal Terrasse who serves as the president of The Pont-d’Arc Cavern, and he had this to say: “We’ve been working here with sculptors; we’ve been working with a forger, with painters.”

Terrasse continues with assurances of the new cave’s authentic feel, “We’ve been working with experts who totally constructed the Grotte Chauvet. Now this cave will be open to everyone who will be able to come and visit the dark cavern and they will not sense that this place is a replica.”

The Telegraph’s Henry Samuel quotes officials who put painstaking detail into the forged cave: “Its makers say the latest advances in 3D computer imagery mean the paintings, walls, stalactites and stalagmites are faithful to the original ‘down to the last millimeter.’”

Sometimes a world’s wonder must stay hidden from a barrage of tourists and their eager hands hoping to possibly touch or snap off a picture of the attraction.

In this case, doing so would damage drawings that have been in place for thousands upon thousands of years.

It’s rather odd to open something forged with such pomp, but it’s entirely justified. Thanks to hard work and toil, we will get the feeling and emotion of seeing the original without ruining early man’s wonderful work.

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