The medium of virtual reality (VR) has turned out to be rather good at depicting different and surreal experiences, such as those in titles such as GNOG and Polybius. It should come as no surprise, then, that a museum dedicated to the works of famous surrealist Salvador Dali have embraced VR.
The Dali17 museum in Monterey, California, has recently launched a virtual reality tour to allow users of the HTC Vive to view more than 280 pieces of art from the Spanish surrealist painter, all of which are featured in the museum’s collection of original art through an app titled ‘Dali17 – VR Museum Tours’.
The famous ‘Space Elephant’ from one of Dali’s most famous sculptures acts as a virtual tour guide as users look through the various works of art depicted in the application, all of which are fully interactive. There is an audio guide and description of each work. Another feature within the app allows users to step inside another of Dali’s works ‘Persistence of Memory’.
“I am sure that Salvador Dali, a pioneer of surrealism, would have wanted to create his own virtual reality works,” said Dali17 owner Dmitry Piterman, in a prepared statement about the launch of the new app.
The Dali17 museum has been open since July 2016 and has a collection of 543 works by the famed painter and sculptor, including paintings, sculptures and tapestries. The museum also offers painting workshops, surrealist cinema evenings and is planning on offering educational school trips in the near future.
The Dali17 VR Museum Tour costs £14.99 (GBP) through Steam and is compatible with the HTC Vive. Further information can be found on the Steam store page.
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