The Getty Conservation Institute collaborated with the State Administration for Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China to research and implement site stabilization and conservation strategies—and to train technical staff—at two ancient Buddhist sites.
Working with the Dunhuang Academy at the Mogao grottoes, GCI activities included installation of windbreak fences to mitigate windblown sand; environmental monitoring; training to monitor the color stability of the wall paintings' pigments; monitoring the structural stability of the cliff face; data analysis; and developing various engineering and management strategies. In 1993 the GCI co-organized the conference "Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road" at Mogao, bringing together specialists from the West and East to discuss common problems.
At Yungang, project activities included environmental monitoring to assess the extent and impact of weathering due to pollution, wind, rain, and extreme temperature changes. Also important was the development of a comprehensive conservation plan to prevent further deterioration caused by visitors and the environment.
Related articles in Conservation, The GCI Newsletter
- Treasures of Mogao: The Desert Gateway to China (Summer, 1999)
- The China Projects (Fall, 1995)
- Buddhist Grottoes on the Silk Road (Spring, 1994)
- Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites (Winter, 1993)
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Related Non-Getty Publications/Sites
- Shin Maekawa, "Preventive Strategies for Reducing the Impact of Visitors on the Microenvironment of Caves at the Mogao Grottoes," Preprints of the Contributions to the IIC Ottawa Congress, 12-16 September 1994, 76-9.
- Shin Maekawa, Zhan Yongjun, Wang Baoyi, Fu Wenli and Xue Ping, "Climate and Micro-Climate at the Mogao Grottes," Postprint of International Symposium on the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Conservation of Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes and the Related Studies, Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties (1997): 53-82.
- International Dunhuang Project
- International Collaboration Formed to Conserve Chinese Cultural Treasures (WAAC Newsletter)