Lascaux II: cave reconstruction




The Lascaux cave was discovered in 1940 in the Vézère valley in the Dordogne-Périgord region of France.

After the war, Lascaux was opened to the public for many years until its closure in 1963. The continuous stream of visitors (1500 each day) and the carbon dioxide they exhaled had begun to damage the prehistoric paintings in the cave.

Today, the original Lascaux cave remains closed.



The identical reconstitution of the Lascaux cave required a great deal of research and upstream work. Abyla (a Gazechim Group company) assisted AFSP (Atelier des Fac-Similés du Périgord [Périgord facsimile workshop]) with this reconstitution.

Making the mould: a crucial step in the reconstruction, a silicone membrane manufactured with Elastosil M4514 (Wacker) was used to create a mould of the Lascaux walls.

The Gazechim Group is proud to have risen to this scientific challenge and to have contributed to the development of real expertise for AFSP.

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