In VR: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man!

Posted on Sep 26, 2018


If you missed it at the Smithsonian you might still get another chance to see it in person. For now, check out the Capitol Theater by Five Ton Crane, and the entire downstairs of the Smithsonian Show in high fidelity Virtual Reality.

Capitol Theater by Five Ton Crane

If you have followed me closely you know that I’m a big advocate for and user of photogrammetry. I love it in part for it’s utility in 3D printing and digital fabrication. I also appreciate it for the chance to view hi-res photo-textured 3D models on screen–and in VR.

Word is that Linden Lab used 3000 photos just to capture and re-create Duane Flatmo’s beautiful Tin Pan Dragon–with a resulting mesh of 1 billion polygons.

Tin Pan Dragon by Duane Flatmo

Incredibly high resolution is what it takes to give virtual visitors a 180 frame per second free-roaming tour of the exhibit. Combining photogrammetry with laser scan data and access to the original floor plans (also digital studio wizardry)–puts reality online.

Get a preview from Curator Nora Atkinson, who recently gave this TED talk about why she brought Burning Man to the museum:


View it yourself on Sansar–available on VR and desktop, and compatible with PC, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

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