Many museums today are cracking down on people taking photos and selfies.
But one unusual museum in the Filipino capital Manila is bucking the trend. In fact, the idea of the Art in Island Museum is for visitors to literally become a part of the picture.
They are not only encouraged to take pictures of themselves with the museum’s 3D art replicas of famous artworks, but are also invited to interact, touch, play with, and climb on the paintings, sculptures, and installations.
“Amazing, amazing art work, just the quality of the art itself is amazing but then for them to think about the different perspectives and how people are going to interact with it is amazing,” said one enthusiastic visitor.
While purists may be shocked, the concept seems to appeal to visitors, offering a new perspectives on ancient masterpieces.
In one quirky reproduction of Edmund Blair Leighton’s ‘The Accolade’, members of the public replace the knight being honoured, or slain, depending on your perspective.
“You have to be very serious in other museums, but in this museum you can really just let you goofy side out,” says another visitor. “So I think that’s a great part of it. It makes you appreciate the art a lot more, too, because they have a lot of famous art works in here but you can really play with it, too, it makes it a lot of fun.”
Visitors are invited to remove their shoes before entering the museum so as to not damage the floor paintings.
“Trick art” or “3D art” as it’s known is mostly made of two-dimensional images that give the illusion of a third dimension. The pieces on display are the work of four Filipino graphic designers and eighteen Korean artists.