As France vowed to rebuild the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral destroyed by Monday's fire, some on social media have pointed out a silver of hope amidst the ashes: detailed 3D maps of the landmark created in recent years.
Hannah Groch-Begley, a Ph.D. student, shared an article by National Geographic on art historian Andrew Tallon, who used laser scanners to create an immaculately accurate model of the cathedral.
"Mounted on a tripod, the laser beam sweeps around the choir of a cathedral, for example, and measures the distance between the scanner and every point it hits. Each measurement is represented by a coloured dot, which cumulatively creates a three-dimensional image of the cathedral," the National Geographic article read.
I know this doesn't help, but we have exquisite 3D laser maps of every detail of Notre Dame, thanks to the incredible work of @Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon. Prof Tallon passed away last November, but his work will be absolutely crucial https://t.co/YJl3XXUZTg— Hannah Groch-Begley (@grouchybagels) April 15, 2019
Tallon died last November, Groch-Begley tweeted while sharing the article on his work.
Apart from Tallon's artwork, the popular video game 'Assassin's Creed'
The series is popular for its perfect recreations of real-world places as its settings, reported Houston Chronical.
President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday that France would rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol.
The cathedral spire was destroyed and its roof gutted but the bell towers were still standing and many valuable artworks were saved after more than 400 firemen worked to contain the blaze, finally quelling it 14 hours after it began.