Outstanding landmarks shape the recognisability of a people and nation, and they fashion the key to deciphering their culture code. England is Big Ben and the Tower of London; France is the Eiffel Tower and Versailles; Italy is the ruins of the Colosseum, Pompeii and the canals of Venice.
Wars, uprisings, revolution and even time itself have not spared much of what could today become the key to understanding and recreating the cohesive cultural code of Russia.
We propose to recreate the lost wonders of Russia visually and thus return to her the missing part of her true face.

Russia’s lost wonders are remarkable testimonies to material culture and testimonies to the thoughts of artists, architects and engineers:

  • the stone castle of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky near Vladimir,
  • the wooden Resurrection Church on the Kola ostrog in the Far North,
  • Katalnaya Gorka at Oranienbaum near St. Petersburg,
  • the ensemble of Nizhny Novgorod Fair,
  • A.F. Mozhaysky’s steam-powered aeroplane and others.
Descriptions by eye-witnesses, sketches, drawings and photographs… of sources that have survived, as a rule, are not sufficient for the scientifically accurate reconstruction of lost wonders in the real world; but today we can and should recreate them using the technology afforded by computer modelling and multimedia presentations.

Visual reconstructions are no different from regular reconstructions: at the preparatory stage, all possible source data is collected. On the basis of this research, professional engineers and architects compile vector drawings of the reconstructed objects or prepare the graphic basis for their presentation. Then, meticulously and in great detail, they undergo 3D modelling according to the designated format: these can be reanimated historical photo panoramas or virtual walks with elements of augmented reality, holograms, dummies, models and videos.

The reanimated and rediscovered wonders of Russia can be turned into permanent multimedia exhibits in Russia’s biggest cities or into travelling exhibitions moving around the entire country and abroad. These wonders can also become books and albums and arrive in the classroom as an educational project and into each home as an interactive work to be viewed by all the family.

The recreation and visual representation of one object can take from 1 to 3 months depending on the accessibility of the source data and the complexity and number of output formats.

The comprehensive programme "Lost Wonders of Russia" made up of 10−15 objects, which embraces objects of primary importance, can be realised in 9−12 months.