Lascaux: Centre International de l’Art Pariétal was designed by Casson Mann in 2016 for the World Heritage Site of Lascaux in Montignac, France.
It features a state-of-the-art facsimile of the paleolithic painted cave that was closed in 1963 for conservation. The facsimile offers a visit as authentic as it is possible to make.
E-Flux Architecture’s Emma McCormick-Goodhart writes about the project:
“A team of some thirty-five artists - among them painters, stonemasons, sculptors, and Tibetan bell specialists - worked) to achieve millimetre-by-millimetre exactitude in (replicating)… over 1,5000 engraved motifs (in the cave)… Dental tools were employed for precision.”
See here for the full article: ‘Paleoacoustic Accommodation’, Emma McCormick-Goodhart, E-Flux Architecture, October 2019.
“In an ongoing assemblage of knowledges, a college of expert colorists, scientists, and prehistorians… attended viewing sessions over the course of months, where multiple image layers were cast over each other, via projectors, onto the replica’s surface, so that the committee of experts could “validate every millimeter,” every method of application, and, if necessary, contest the merest microdot.”
Emma McCormick-Goodhart, E-Flux