Inauguration of the duplication of the Chauvet Cave
On the 25th of April 2015, a replica of the Chauvet Cave, a treasure of rock paintings dating back to more than 36 000 years, will be opened to the public.
Commissioned by the French President François Hollande on the 10th of April, the cave’s replica is an architectural treasure which will allow its visitors to admire the 36 000 years old rock paintings without damaging the original ones. Indeed, the Chauvet cave’s paintings are far too fragile to be exposed to the tourists’ excitement.
Ultramodern technics like 3D and anamorphisis have been used to reproduce the drawings, with the assistance of engineers, sculptors, painters and visual artists. A feat achieved in a combination of sciences and art.
The only one of its kind in the whole world, the “Caserne du Pont d’arc” (tourist site where the replica is located) is situated nearly one kilometer away as the crow flies from the original cave discovered on the 18th, December 1994 by three non-professional potholers, Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire. As soon as it was discovered, the cave was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The cave’s replica will be opened to the public from the 25th of April 2015.