“RIVEEL 3D” (Realtime Immersive 3D Virtual Environments for Education and Learning) is part of the Cyprus Institute’s new cultural heritage research initiative. Georgios Artopoulos is leading the effort to scan and analyze virtual environments that represent real historical sites, starting with the Paphos Gate.
The Paphos Gate has undergone many renovations since it was first built into the wall of a pre-Medieval city’s armaments, but it has always represented a border, even now where it sits directly adjacent to the UN border zone dividing Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. The tool the AVL is building will allow artistic researchers to create historical environments, members of the public to explore these environments, and cultural researchers to analyze and teach in the environments. Because the historical sites in Cyprus frequently represent many time periods and cultures building on top of one another, the software will allow the users to show different versions of the same sites in completely dynamic scenes.