The calming environment created by Cai Guo Qiang sparks meditative thoughts of ancient cultures and traditions coming together in one place, as the physical representation of two worlds, East and Middle East, float side by side in an endless sea of peaceful motion.
I had the immense pleasure of seeing this work in progress in 2011 (when it looked more like this). I could smell the cool, wet clay the moment I walked into the American Indian art galleries at the Denver Museum of Art.
I wish that this virtual tour had existed when I first read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl— while Frank’s writing gives a strong sense of life in the Secret Annex, this 3-D visualization of the space shows how all of the rooms, hallways, objects, and related stories connect.
If you have a free weekend morning (or afternoon), I highly recommend stepping through the secret entrance behind the bookcase and taking the whole tour. If you do, I recommend keeping a copy of the published diary nearby— and box of tissues.
Google’s Project Tango, currently in the experimental phase, could change the way SmartPhones read the world. Special sensors allow the prototype devices to map 3-D spaces in real time, which can then be stored or augmented as desired.
While the website offers a number of exciting opportunities for this new tech (augmented reality games! virtual hide-and seek! furniture shopping!), the potential for audio-guided wayfinding could be life-changing for people who are blind or have low-vision.
Of course, there are also some very interesting possibilities for virtual museum tours— perhaps as a tie-in to the Google Art Project?
5. 221B Baker Street map by Russell Stutler- an illustrated floor plan of 221B based on a close reading of the text, including all secret doors and passageways (an annotated version is available on the artist’s website).
Imagine if dictionaries defined terms not just through words, but also through objects! This digital artist book by collage and book artist Julie Shaw Luttsis a playful take on the alphabet, available for free on the app store (great for kids and kids-at-heart too).