Instagram posts helped recreate this Syrian city destroyed by war
Jung von Matt mined social media from before the conflict to make a virtual reality experience
Mar 10, 2020
Over the last nine years, the war in Syria has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and has displaced millions. Entire villages have been wiped off the map, and some cities are now ghost towns.
The Syrian city of Aleppo was a bustling metropolis before the war, and now, a virtual reality project from art charity ARTHELPS aims to recreate some of its vibrant spaces that have since been destroyed.
German agency Jung von Matt enlisted digital products agency Exozet to mine Instagram images of Aleppo’s streets from before the war. By comparing and combining hundreds of different shots of a single building or plaza taken from various angles and perspectives, the companies created a 3D rendering of three locations that users can now walk through virtually.
It’s a bit of a reversal of a project the New York Times created a few years ago that let viewers witness the war’s destruction virtually.