Paintings Come Alive: A New Way of Experiencing Masterpieces

Zane Chalich and Shamima Yasmin, Computer Science, Eastern Washington University, 526 5th St, Cheney, WA 99004

In traditional art museums, masterpieces are hung on the walls. Visitors wander around art galleries to view artworks from afar. Each masterpiece has a vibrant past, history, and culture associated with it. However, lack of immersion in the traditional display of artwork fails to carry art lovers to the distant time and space to appreciate masterpieces to the fullest. This research proposes a new way of experiencing artwork that can be truly engaging to visitors. The research started with building virtual floral parks and gardens to facilitate physical realization. The digital design of landscape uses ‘instancing’, a widely used technique in 3D programming for drawing multiple copies of an object with a single drawing command. Instancing is very effective in drawing greeneries, i.e., grass fields, flower gardens, and so on. Fractals have been used for drawing trees which have been combined with instancing for generating forests full of trees. Later, BulletPhysics has been integrated to simulate events depicted in the paintings to integrate graphics with physics. For example, fruits falling from trees should incorporate mass, velocity, and gravity of free-falling objects in addition to detecting collision with the ground. The “Paintings Come Alive” project currently focuses on simulating nature, such as apple picking season when apples fall on the ground every now and then. An apple orchard during the apple picking season has been simulated by combining instancing and fractals with BulletPhysics from an existing painting. This research proposes simulated versions of masterpieces to be displayed beside original masterpieces in art museums to enrich visitors’ experience in artwork appreciation. Thus, this project aims to simulate existing masterpieces of famous artists so that art lovers can explore artworks in an immersive environment.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Zane Chalich

Institution: Eastern Washington University

Type: Oral

Subject: Computer Science

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 914
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