A network of historic Chinese caves have been brought to life in a US museum thanks to innovative use of projectors from projectiondesign.

The installation at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC is using the brand’s F10 AS3D projectors to create an immersive exhibition displaying the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang.

The exhibition, entitled Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the gallery, and is providing visitors with a 3D 360-degree panoramic journey that reproduces the paintings and sculptures in the ancient rock cave’s 220-meter north wall.

The creations are known as Bhaisajyaguru’s Eastern Paradise in China and have been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in order to ensure their preservation.

Professor Jeffrey Shaw, the dean of the School of Creative Media at City University, Hong Kong, said that the display is an innovative creation that is a showcase for the vanguard of digital media in society.

“The resultant panoramic 3D projection gives a true-to-life experience of being present inside these historic caves,” he said. “The technology’s potential for academic and educational purposes is significant, in that many people can access the caves in a richer and more detailed way than at the physical site, where, for reasons of preservation, visitation is very restricted.”