Google Arts and Culture announced this weekend the launch of the 'The Art & Soul of Mosul' online project, in collaboration with AlGhad Radio, which aims to “preserve Maslawi heritage, including iconic landmarks that faced destruction such as the Noori Complex and the Lion of Mosul,” the technology megacompany said.
Revealed on the second anniversary of their 'Return to Mosul Exhibition', the new project is one of a number of similar projects to preserve “contemporary culture and ancient heritage of the Middle East.”
Using Google's cutting-edge technology, "people can discover the Noori Complex, an icon that unfortunately faced destruction," Google said, adding that "people can also walk through Mosul’s Old City using Street View and view 3D models of heritage sites at risk, such as Mosul’s first mosque and one of its oldest churches."
"The Art and Soul of Mosul also allows people to immerse themselves in the beauty of Mosulian art through in-painting tours and videos. The project showcases incredible artwork which brings to life the stories of the city and the people, including the lives of women and children during and after the war, including art from the 2018 Return to Mosul exhibition hosted at the Mosul Cultural Museum in Iraq.
Marwan Tariq, one of many artists who participated in the 2018 exhibition, was quoted in the Google's statement as saying; "the message of the workshop to the world is that the city of Mosul, the city of art, is still alive despite the destruction and grinding war that destroyed people and the infrastructure… it is full of life and peace."
As part of their mission is to help make the world’s culture accessible to anyone anywhere, Google Arts and Culture joined the celebration of Egyptian Archaeologists Day in mid-January in partnership with the American Research Centre in Egypt, announcing ‘Preserving Egypt’s Layered History,’ a similar online project that showcases the depth and diversity of Egyptian cultural heritage.