Leave everything and travel – better said than done, right? Well, The least you can do it plan things out better in advance so you don’t miss out on the important things. But then again, you do end up missing some things here and there. Google knows this, and to solve this and many other such problems, it has come up with its new Cultural Institute – ‘for the culturally curious’. But summarising this initiative with just this one public use would be severely unfair, as there’s just so much more to it for the real art lovers.
The program has, in conjuncture with more than 1000 museums & cultural institutions, catalogued high definition pictures of more than 6 million objects from 70 nations since 2011. There’s also a collection of super high definition pictures (in gigapixels) of l,328 items, which give you a crystal clear picture of your most favourite art piece right down to individual brush strokes and canvas threads. I’m not kidding, take a look at my personal favourite – Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night (zoomed in).
Providing all the relevant information for each art piece, this is a feast for art enthusiasts and educationalists alike. To make the whole experience even more immersive, you Google has also provided Street Views INSIDE select museums.
Watch Amit Sood, director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project and Google artist in residence Cyril Diagne in a mind-bending demo of experiments from the Cultural Institute and glimpse the exciting future of accessibility to arts and culture:
Kshitij runs The Patil Post and Zetabyte Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - a web development company focussed on E-Commerce implementations. Loves to eat, sell, write and talk. He is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveller and trekker at heart.
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