After decades of neglect, the Mausoleum of Augustus is to be brought alive with a spectacular multimedia experience projected onto its 2,000-year-old walls. An Italian telecommunications company has contributed six million euros for its restoration, with its director promising an elaborate multimedia show that will tell the story of Augustus and ancient Rome.
Mausoleum of Augustus was built in 28 BCE and housed the remains of Emperor Augustus and the rest of the Julio-Claudian family. The building once stood around 120ft high and had a diameter of nearly 300ft. It was topped by a 15ft-tall bronze statue of Augustus. It was converted into a fortress in the Middle Ages and then a bull-fighting ring in the 18th century. It was finally made into a concert hall in the early 20th century before Mussolini ordered all modern additions to be stripped away, in a bid to associate himself with the greatness of Rome’s first emperor, whom he hoped to emulate. Previous efforts to restore the massive tomb have foundered over the years on bureaucracy, inter-departmental squabbling and lack of funding.
Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon Paris-Dakar rally car, 1987. After 30 years, Nissan has brought one of its iconic motorsport machines back to life. It took victory in the diesel category, and was the first diesel car to ever finish in the race’s overall top 10, taking 9th spot. The original car, in a much deteriorated state, was discovered in a Spanish motor museum and has been restored thanks to a dedicated team of engineers at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Barcelona. For over two years they have worked on the car after work and at weekends, turning it from a rusting wreck back into a capable off-road racer
Range Rover “Classic”, 1978. Land Rover have announced a new factory-based restoration service. Range Rover Reborn is a new programme offering prospective customers the opportunity to purchase an original Range Rover, direct from Land Rover Classic in the UK. The car will be presented at Salon Rétromobile 2017 in Paris. Land Rover Classic will restore an initial run of ten classic Range Rovers
A British Pattern 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword before and after restoration by Paul Macdonald at Macdonald Armouries. Paul’s work looks great–he has conserved the sword and brought it back from the brink without making it look like new. This is how it should be done. It pains me when collectors completely refurbish their swords so that they look brand new.