A Re-Creation of the Chauvet Cave Will Open in April, 2015
A $67 million complex near the Chauvet will include a nearly football-field-size replica of the most remarkable panels in the original, along with a multimedia center and an exposition hall:
Using metal rods and troweled-on mortar, workers meticulously re-create the walls of the original cave.
Meet Gilles Tosello, one the artists who will be charged with the recreation of the Great Panel in the replica. He was not simply retracing the original images: He was drawing them freehand to maintain their natural, intuitive look. He had to try to inhabit the ancient artist’s mind and comprehend the techniques and feelings that had led to these masterpieces so long ago.