A video game may hold the key to the restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, according to media reports.
“The 2014 game ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity,’ set in Paris during the French Revolution, features a realistic 3D model of the historic house of worship,” The New York Post reports. “Caroline Miousse, an artist for the game, spent about two years perfecting the model of the cathedral that appears on gamers’ screens, the Verge reported at the time of its release.
“She studied the structure brick by brick — as well as the exact paintings that hung on the walls, Miousse told the outlet. She even added the cathedral’s iconic spires, which were not yet there at the time the game is set.”
The Post adds: “It’s likely that French publisher Ubisoft still holds the original 3D models, as well as some images that could prove crucial in the reconstruction, several outlets reported.”
The report also notes: “Hope for the heavily damaged structure could also be found in the work of late art historian Andrew Tallon — who used laser scanners to create a model of the medieval structure.”