Having been writing about light projections and the ‘restoration’ of objects through laser projection: Virtual Restoration, I see the technology has just been used in a one off projection of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamyian.  While clearly a virtual reproduction is no substitute for a destroyed artifact, the use could have a place in reclaiming and preserving, at least in some measure, destroyed cultural heritage.

Here is one of the articles about it, with more detail about the projections: Bamiyan Buddhas Resurrected Laser Projection