Saturday, September 3, 2016
The Faces of Bayon - The upper terrace is home to the famous "face towers" of the Bayon, each of which supports two, three or (most commonly) four gigantic smiling faces. In addition to the mass of the central tower, smaller towers are located along the inner gallery (at the corners and entrances), and on chapels on the upper terrace. "Wherever one wanders," writes Maurice Glaize, "the faces of Lokesvara follow and dominate with their multiple presence." Efforts to read some significance into the numbers of towers and faces have run up against the circumstance that these numbers have not remained constant over time, as towers have been added through construction and lost to attrition. At one point, the temple was host to 49 such towers; now only 37 remain. The number of faces is approximately 200, but since some are only partially preserved there can be no definitive count.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Restoration of the southern library of the Bayon; Study of the structural stability of the central tower of the Bayon; Study of the method for conservation of the bas-reliefs in the inner gallery of the Bayon. The Phase IV of the above project (2011-2015) is foreseen to ensure the structural stability of the central tower of the Bayon Temple and the restoration of bas-reliefs of the inner gallery of the Bayon Temple.
|Drones are everywhere.|