Watch Ancient Ruins Get Restored to their Glorious Original State with Animated GIFs: The Temple of Jupiter, Luxor Temple & More

The “sev­en won­ders of the world”: all of us have all heard the phrase so many times, but can we name the spe­cif­ic won­ders to which it refers? Though the list took its final form in the Renais­sance, it orig­i­nates all the way back with the ancient Greeks who want­ed a sense of the most majes­tic man-made land­marks that lay with­in their ter­ri­to­ry. These were even­tu­al­ly nar­rowed down to the Great Pyra­mid of Giza, the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon (whether they real­ly exist­ed or not), the Tem­ple of Artemis at Eph­esus, the Stat­ue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mau­soleum at Hali­car­nas­sus, the Colos­sus of Rhodes, and the Light­house of Alexan­dria.

Today we offer you an alter­na­tive set of ancient won­ders, made even more won­drous by a tech­nol­o­gy whol­ly unimag­in­able to ancient Greeks: the ani­mat­ed GIF. You see here four of the set, which in total includes the Parthenon in Greece, the Pyra­mid of the Sun and the Nohoch Mul Pyra­mid in Mex­i­co, the Tem­ple of Lago Argenti­na in Rome, the Tem­ple of Lux­or in Egypt, the Tem­ple of Jupiter in Italy, and Hadri­an’s Wall in Eng­land.

The GIFS, which trace the lines of the orig­i­nal struc­tures over the ruins and then fill them in pho­to­re­al­is­tic detail, are the work of hus­band-wife team Maja Wrońs­ka and Prze­mek Sobiec­ki.

“Despite their ‘ruinous’ con­di­tion, these struc­tures have influ­enced many of history’s great archi­tects, and con­tin­ue to be an inspi­ra­tion today,” writes Design­boom’s Rob Reu­land. “These sites have been deplet­ed by time and by con­quest, parts are reused, oth­ers just fall away with neglect. See­ing them restored is a bit like hop­ping in the Delore­an and crank­ing the flux capac­i­tor, and revers­ing their slow decay.” And as a com­menter adds below, “the next thing would be this in com­bi­na­tion with AR-glass­es while vis­it­ing the site” — the ongo­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion, in oth­er words, of the won­ders of the ancient world and the won­ders of the mod­ern one. See all sev­en of the ani­mat­ed GIFs here.

via Expe­dia/design­boom

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Met Dig­i­tal­ly Restores the Col­ors of an Ancient Egypt­ian Tem­ple, Using Pro­jec­tion Map­ping Tech­nol­o­gy

How the Egypt­ian Pyra­mids Were Built: A New The­o­ry in 3D Ani­ma­tion

Rome Reborn: Take a Vir­tu­al Tour of Ancient Rome, Cir­ca 320 C.E.

Watch the Destruc­tion of Pom­peii by Mount Vesu­vius, Re-Cre­at­ed with Com­put­er Ani­ma­tion (79 AD)

Based in Seoul, Col­in Mar­shall writes and broad­casts on cities and cul­ture. His projects include the book The State­less City: a Walk through 21st-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video series The City in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­book.

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