Vincent van Gogh goes virtual: Stunning new project lets viewers don Samsung’s VR headset and see artwork in incredible detail
- Scene based on Van Gogh’s Night Cafe painting – with others included
- Created as part of a contest to show off Samsung’s Gear VR headset
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Vincent van Gogh’s artwork has been reimagined in a virtual world.
A new project designed to show off Samsung’s Gear VR headset lets the viewer walk around some of the world’s most famous paintings.
They can even see the artist himself in three dimensions.
‘The Night Cafe is an immersive VR environment that allows you to explore the world of Vincent van Gogh first hand,’ said Mac Cauley, a New York game designer.
‘I have always been drawn to the paintings of Van Gogh and I imagined it would be amazing to be inside one of these colourful worlds.’
Cauley says the project gave him an insight into the artist’s work.
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‘While creating the environments of these paintings in 3D space I’ve had to expand on areas that can’t be seen; rooms behind doors, objects hidden from view, people turned away from the viewer.
‘It’s been an interesting process in using reference material from Van Gogh and other expressionist painters but also imagining what might have been there, just off the edges of the canvas.’
‘Take a moment to enjoy his iconic sunflowers in 3 dimensions or walk around the chair he painted in his bedroom to see it from another angle.
‘Step into the vivid colors straight from his palette.
Viewers can also crouch doen or stand up in the world.
‘I also wanted to keep some kind of height change ability with crouching because it enables the visitor to get different vantage points – one example is when you crouch down near the window to get a better view of the swirling stars.’
Even the ‘starry night’ painting makes an appearance in the virtual world
The virtual versions of Sunflowers (left) and the real painting (right)
The scene is based on The Night Café, an oil painting created by van Gogh in September 1888.
It depicts the interior of an all night
Five customers sit at tables along the walls to the left and right, and a waiter in a light coat, to one side of a billiard table near the center of the room, stands facing the viewer.
to see the scene, viewer’s don Samsung’s Gear VR headset.
The image also include the iconic sunflowers, and even the chair from the artist’s apartment