According to The Atlantic, authorities in Afghanistan, local residents and officials of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), have been unable to decide what to do with the site that formally housed the two Buddhas for approximately 1,500 years.
One couple, Janson Yu and Liyan Hu, had an idea.
While traveling the world and filming a documentary, Yu and Hu, a Chinese couple, decided to create 3D projection holograms, imitating the Buddha structures that once were, The Atlantic reports.
Yu and Hu finetuned the projections on a mountainside in China, then brought their project to Afghanistan after receiving approval from the Afghan government and UNESCO.
The holograms were cast from a projection earlier this month in front of a 150-person crowd.
Though not replacements of the original structures, the holograms perhaps served as a symbol of hope and encouragement for those impacted by the demolition of the historic site in 2001.