"If the publishing world thinks times are tough, they can’t imagine what it’s like for the art world," said Manhattan Museum of Classic Art curator Dianne Fleming. "Thanks to distractions such as TV, computers and videogames, attendance has been way down. Kids have zero patience for the old masters. Only the cognoscenti are interested in viewing art.”

 

Thus, when Fleming met holographer James Styriop at an art auction, an idea was born.

“By employing state-of-the-art scanning and projection technology, it seemed to me that we could pump up the museum-going experience,” she said, “which is why the MMCA now exhibits all its breathtaking paintings in 3-D.

"I wrote a computer program that extrapolated what these works would look like in three dimensions," said Styriop. "For example, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ now looks like the opening to a ‘Star Trek’ TV show. People can circle it, stare at it, and even walk among the stars."

So far, reaction from museumgoers has been mixed.

“I’ve never had a particular desire to see the back of Mona Lisa’s head or peek into her auditory canal,” said math teacher Penny Stern. “However, it is kind of interesting to note that she had a hickey on the back of her neck. At least now we know why she was smiling.”

“I’m a big fan of Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory,’ said actor David Harald. "By seeing it from all angles, we can tell what time it is on all the melting clocks. That gives you an idea of how many hours it took for Dali to paint the canvas.”

“All I can say is Seurat’s ‘Sunday in the Park’ is a mega-trip,” said aging hippie, Jerry Steuben. “You haven’t known groovy madness until you walk along the island of La Grande Jatte with everything in those little pointillistic dots.”

Inspired by the MMCA’s example, museums all over the world are considering turning at least some of their collection into holo-art.

“Imagine being able to interact with Jesus!” said an enthusiastic Father Lodovico Svenza of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper.’ “Personally, I would place a tack on the seat of Judas.”

Meanwhile, neither Peggy Fleming — nor her art — are standing still. "We’re working on improving our sculpture gallery using robotics," said Fleming. "I think people will be thrilled to see Michelangelo’s ‘David’ finally swing that slingshot he’s been carrying for half a millennium!"

Via: Weekly World News