THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION OF BUILT CULTURAL HERITAGE/ THE CASE OF THE STATUE OF FOUARA, SETIF, ALGERIA
Keywords: Cultural Heritage, digitization, restoration, Algeria, laser Scanning
Abstract. The present paper deals with the techniques using the laser scanner survey in the restoration of the statue of Fouara in Setif, Algeria. This statue which is made of marble was realized by Francis de St Vidal in 1899 that represents a nymph which is a part of the fountain, publicly displayed in the center of the city's main plaza. On 18 December 2018, a man defaced the statue, removing the facial features and breasts with a hammer and chisel.
As a matter of fact, the build cultural heritage in Algeria is in danger from attacks and reaction time deterioration with age. Following the day of the incident, our team has been called to use a previous scanner laser survey of the nymph that was stored in our cultural heritage monument database in order to help the restoration of the missing part of the nymph (the face and the breast. as matter of fact, the original laser scanning survey provided a helpful and accurate details to support the restoration of the nymph.