NY Daily News: U.S. disaster plans include cloned icons. US icons like the Statue of Liberty are being scanned so they could be rebuilt if they were destroyed; say, in a terrorist attack. It's a weird result of what could be called meta-terror (terror about terror). As an aside, it's interesting to read how many of these major works have no surviving blueprints or plans.
Of course, not all icons can be replaced. For instance, in Australia we've just had a vandal attack destroy the famous "Dig Tree". No 3D model can bring back a tree.