Technologies transport visitors to spaces
that are not accessible to the public
MIAMI – November 11, 2018 – With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Vizcaya Museums and Gardens has launched a new program that uses 3D documentation and printing technologies to virtually transport visitors to spaces within the estate that are not accessible to the public.
The museum, a National Historic Landmark, worked with Daruma Tech (a Boca Raton-based technology company) and the University of Florida to create virtual interactive experiences including a website that enable visitors to learn about and explore areas of Vizcaya that are normally inaccessible. These include the Barge—a partly submerged breakwater decorated with mythical sculptures created by sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945)—and the Pool Grotto, which features an elaborate ceiling mural created by American artist Robert W. Chanler (1872–1930).
“When visitors come to Vizcaya they can virtually explore the Barge and Swimming Pool Grotto on a touch screen interactive,” says Mark Osterman, Adult Learning and Engagement Manger for Vizcaya. “This interactive lets visitors explore the history, design and preservation challenges of these spaces. Visitors will also get to see and touch some of the 3D prints that were made during this project.”
Handheld-size 3D models of elements found on the Barge, such as its sculptures, and sections of the ceiling mural have been printed in partnership with Florida International University Miami Beach Urban Studios. These models will be placed on display and used for educational programs with daytime visitors and school groups.
Funding for this project is part of the Knight Foundation Arts Tech initiative, which aims to help arts and cultural institutions use digital tools to meaningfully engage visitors in art. Knight, which promotes informed and engaged communities, has helped institutions—from newsrooms to libraries—adapt to and thrive in the digital age.
“Cultural institutions have a big role to play in telling our stories and helping us understand the world around us. Vizcaya’s project embraces the power of technology to spread these lessons, and meaningfully engage visitors in our local culture,” said Chris Barr, Knight Foundation director for arts and technology.
Vizcaya recognizes its vulnerability to sea level rise and climate change. Through the use of 3D documentation Vizcaya is working to be a model of resilience for our community. 3D documentation allows Vizcaya to measure surface loss, predict rates of deterioration, analyze effects of sea level rise, measure objects and structures, enhance engagement and improve accessibility.
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Link to images of 3D models.
Photos courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
About Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Built between 1914 and 1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it currently welcomes about 300,000 visitors annually. Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.