Experience a Salvador Dalí Painting in Virtual Reality

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a Salvador Dalí painting in all its trippy, dream-like glory, a new virtual reality installation at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida allows you to do just that—all while fully awake.

The experience is part of "Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination" in which visitors can learn about the Spanish surrealist's relationship with Walt Disney. In 1945, the two partnered to create an animated short called Destino. The duo didn’t finish the project themselves, thought it was eventually completed and released by The Walt Disney Company in 2003. However, Dalí and Disney became lifelong friends—a bond that the museum explores through paintings, story sketches, letters, photos, and other objects.

While Dalí and Disney’s collaborative genius is the stuff of legend, the exhibition’s true highlight is the interactive recreation of one of Dalí's most famous paintings. Visitors are invited to don Oculus Rift headsets, which transport them into the wild and wondrous world of Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” They can walk around the painting’s vast desert landscape, stare up at the towering stone figures of a praying man and woman, and catch a glimpse of two tiny background figures that are meant to represent Dalí and his father. Meanwhile, motifs from other Dalí works—gigantic elephants, birds, the “Lobster Telephone,” and more—lurk on the edges of the horizon.

The exhibition runs until June 12, 2016. Check out a sneak peek of the immersive art experience above, or visit The Dalí Museum’s website for more information.

All images via YouTube.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
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Art supplies can get pricey when you’re letting your kid’s creativity run wild. But with an endlessly reusable notebook, you never have to worry about running out of paper during that after-school coloring session.

The creators of the erasable Rocketbook Wave have come out with a new version of their signature product meant especially for color drawings. The connected Rocketbook Color notebook allows you to send images drawn on its pages to Google Drive or other cloud services with your phone, then erase the pages by sticking the whole notebook in the microwave. You get a digital copy of your work (one that, with more vibrant colors, might look even better than the original) and get to go on drawing almost immediately after you fill the book.

An animated view of a notebook’s pages changing between different drawings.

There’s no special equipment involved beyond the notebook itself. The Rocketbook Color works with Crayola and other brands’ washable crayons and colored pencils, plus dry-erase markers. The pages are designed to be smudge-proof, so turning the page won’t ruin the art on the other side even if you are using dry-erase markers.

Rocketbook’s marketing is aimed at kids, but adults like to save paper, too. Break away from the adult coloring books and go free-form. If it doesn’t quite work out, you can just erase it forever.

The notebooks are $20 each on Kickstarter.

All images courtesy Rocketbook

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This Amazing Clock Has a Different Hand for Every Minute of the Day
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In the video below, you can watch Japanese ad agency Dentsu transform passing time into art. According to Adweek, the project was commissioned by Japanese stationery brand Hitotoki, which produces crafting materials. To celebrate the value of handmade items in an increasingly fast-paced world, Dentsu created a film advertisement for their client depicting their goods as a stop-motion clock.

The timepiece ticks off all 1440 minutes in the day, and was assembled in real-time against a colored backdrop during a single 24-hour take. Its "hands" were crafted from different combinations of some 30,000 disparate small items, including confetti, cream puffs, tiny toys, silk leaves, and sunglasses.

"In a world where everything is so hectic and efficient, we wanted to bring the value of 'handmade' to life," explains Dentsu art director Ryosuke Miyashita in a press statement quoted by Stash Media. "We created different combinations of small Hitotoki brand items to express each and every minute."

You can check out a promotional video for the project below, which details the arduous crafting process, or view a real-time version of the clock here.

[h/t Adweek]


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