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of Persian Empire to be Displayed in Germany
09 July 2006
(CAIS) -- The exhibition of “The Splendor and
Grandeur of the Great Kings, The Persian Empire” will be held by Persepolis3D.com
in the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in the city of Speyer, Germany from
9th of July to 29th of October 2006.
“We are pleased to announce that we are creating a unique multimedia
presentation for a special 2006 exhibition at the Historical Museum of the
Palatinate,” said Persepolis3D.com in its announcement.
Persepolis3D, a Persepolis Reconstruction Group, consists of Iranian and German
filmmakers who during a unique endeavor produced a 3D movie about Persepolis
historical site in Fars province, with the title of “Persepolis, a
Reconstruction”. The aim of this group from producing this movie is to
introduce the dignity of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty
(550-330 BCE) and keep its memory alive forever.
In October 2005, the second long documentary movie about Persepolis was released
by ARTE Television, a government-owned television station shared by Germany and
France, by using the art of digital visualization and through using the computer
technology. The work was entitled “Persepolis”. The first movie about
Persepolis was produced by Farzin Rezaeian, entitled “Persepolis Recreated”.
By the invitation of ARTE Television, Kourosh Afkhami , Iranian architect in
partnership with Wolfgang Gambke , German architect in a joint project developed
the Persepolis3D project by creating the digital modeling of monuments in
Persepolis. “The goal of this endeavor is to bring Persepolis back to life –
not only to show the complexities of its urban design but also to illuminate the
wealth of details to a wide spectrum of both professionals and interested laymen
alike. The presented virtual reconstruction is based on the documentation
obtained from the excavations led by E. Herzfeld, F. Krefter and E.F. Schmidt.
Especially helpful to our project was the tremendous efforts of the architect,
Friedrich Krefter, who in 1933 oversaw the excavations of this bygone empire and
from 1963 to 1970 established a set of standards for Persepolis and therewith, a
wealth of reconstruction drawings and two scale models of the great terraces the
Achaemenid residential palace including its volumes, the great entrance
vestibules and interiors are all standing once again before our eyes,” says
Using the methods of digitalization, the TV documentary, “Persepolis, a
Reconstruction” rebuilds Persepolis at the time of the Achaemenid Empire. In
the film, the evaluated findings of archaeologists and factual evidence are
competed with historical events through digital reconstruction; therefore, it
will provide the viewer the chance to obtain a 3D image of the grandeur and
splendor of the colors of Iranian palaces.
The result of this collaboration in the form of a 60-minute movie was shown at
the World of Achaemenid conference which was held on the sideline of the
exhibition of the “Forgotten Empire, the World of Ancient Persia” at the
British Museum. It is a well-made movie with beautiful cinematography that
contains 12 minutes of the Afkhami-Gambke virtual reconstruction images.
“Just as there are many books about Persepolis with different perspectives and
various interpretations, so films too reflect various conceptions of the wide
and majestic ruins of Persepolis. The present film is based on the work of
Krefter, whom I knew to be a most friendly and skillful architect dedicated to
his work at the Achaemenid site. It is a pleasure to see his work continued in a
new medium and realized in such a competent manner. I can only praise the result
and hope that we gain new insights into the numerous aspects of the masterpiece
of Persian culture, which is Persepolis,” said Richard Frye, Professor of
During the Splendor and Grandeur of the Great Kings-The Persian Empire
exhibition, in addition to archaeological findings and several artifacts that
will be shown in Germany for the first time, the visitors will see the virtual
reconstruction of Persepolis in an innovative format as they stand in the center
of four screens. The museum will also display a column capital model of Apadana
in 1:1 scale based on the reproduction plans of persepolis3D.com.
The exhibition will present the wealth, prosperity, and culture of an empire
that brought people together with its magnificence from various origins and
cultures during the Achaemenid dynastic era from the time of Cyrus the Great until Darius
Persepolis was the vision of Darius the Great, Achaemenid Emperor, who set forth
his plan of a multi-cultural state in which diversity of ideas took precedence
over dictatorial oppression. The air of tolerance, leniency and dignity of
mankind are manifest in the artistic symbolism of the architecture of
Persepolis. According to Persepolis3D.com, it is only through this type of
master planning - born not of any single, preexisting architectural concept or
idea - that an architecture could arise whose grandeur leaves little doubt as to
its place as one of the greatest wonders of the Ancient world.
1. Kourosh Afhami
Kourosh Afhami is an
architect and co-founder of the Persepolis3D project. In 1993, he received a
Diplom Ingenieur in Architecture from the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. As a
student, his concentration was on design and planning, town planning, theory of
architecture, as well as the history of Iranian architecture. In 2001, his
life-long studies and interest in the architecture and history of Persepolis led
him to the development of the Persepolis3D project in partnership with Wolfgang
He has worked on
numerous competitions and projects in various architectural firms as designer
and planner, including, but not limited to, the offices of Professor Gottfried
Boehm in Cologne and Chapman Taylor in Duesseldorf. Examples of his work noted
in industry publications include: Co-developer of concept for interior
architecture, 'The November Pogrom 1938' exhibition, Historical Museum of
Vienna, 1988 exhibition brochure; Architekten - Monographie Hermann &
Valentiny (1991); 'City Cultural Hall in Worms' in Wettbewerbe Aktuell
Magazin (1991); 'Pic & Cloppenburg Building in Berlin' in Baumeister
Gambke is a graduate of the Fachhochschule of Architecture in Duesseldorf,
Germany. Prior to completing his degree in 1986, his core studies involved
planning and construction.
In 1987, he incorporated Information Technology into his work and gained
expertise in operating systems and various programs of CAD in 2D and 3D. Since
1989, he has been working in virtual architecture visualization area and
teaching courses in building construction. In 2001, after years of experience in
architecture with computers , he created Persepolis3D with Kourosh Afhami.
3. Sheda Vasseghi
handles public relations for the Persepolis3D project. As an adjunct professor,
she taught at Germanna Community College in Virginia. She brings to the team her
knowledge and experience in public relations and human resources management, as
well as her legal background in US intellectual property law. Ms Vasseghi
received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis Biology) from the
University of Missouri in 1989, and a MBA from Strayer University in 1998. Her
MBA thesis was entitled The Virtual Organizational-Management Structure is
Not Suitable for the Legal Industry. She is currently pursuing a Masters in
Ancient History (emphasis ancient Persia) at the American Military University.
She plans to focus her writings and research on the Achaemenid period.
Source: CHN CHN & Persepolis 3D.com
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