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.