An Interactive Illusion Art Museum
14.11.2019 - 14.11.2019
While in Chiang Mai we kept passing an impressive building with a large sign that said “Art in Paradise.” I had heard that this was an Interactive 3 D Photography Gallery but I had no idea what that meant. I love photography so I decided to check it out on my own on afternoon.
First, to avoid the bad air riding the open red Chiang Mai taxi trucks, the only taxis in Chiang Mai, I added the Grab app to my phone. Grab is like Uber, in fact it bought Uber in Thailand and there is no Uber here. It works just like Uber, one difference being that you needn’t put a credit online to use it. You can use cash to pay at the end of your trip.
It worked fine and I easily made it to he centrally located “Museum.” How far we have come since my first visit here!
Art in Paradise is an Absolute Blast!
What is Art in Paradise?
It’s best described as a world of illusion art. The Museum is filled with wall murals & paintings that are presented on two dimensional surfaces. Then using computer technology and special techniques the ordinary murals and art works are transformed into 3-D interactive environments. It’s really extraordinary.
There’s a learning curve. First, you need a smart phone or tablet. Download the App which you use to view the flat artwork in 3-D mode. The idea is that by inserting yourself into the photos, and the exhibit becomes interactive. It took me about 15 minutes to figure it out. I’ve got a video of a shark mural that only comes alive when you activate it with the App.
With the shark video, I was supposed to be in it and get eaten by the shark. And but since I came alone, I didn’t have anyone to take the video of me getting eaten! .
So now I understand the exhibit, & I go looking for some other visitors to do the exhibit with. Traveling alone makes it easy to meet other people and make new friends. And new travel friends are always a highlight of my trips. I love my new young friends Reinier ( from Belgium) & Ophelia (from France)! Huge thanks to both of you for the most fun afternoon and photo memories.
Reinier & Ophelia took all of the photos and videos of me in the exhibits. And I took fun ones of them when both wanted to be in a frame. We spent at least 2 hours there. How fun is this?!!
Here you can see how we constructed this photo of Reinier kicking Ophelia off a chair.
It took 3 tries for me to get the shot!
Afterwards, I suggested we catch a Grab and go to Woo, a pretty & yummy restaurant that Stefi & Frank had taken me to, and we had beautiful iced herbal drinks. And tons of locally sourced delicious food.
As we got to know each other over dinner, we realized that Reinier was heading up to Pai, as was I. We connected on What’s App so that we could get together in Pai also! And we did so be sure to check the Pai entry coming next!
Tip: There are 3 locations of Art In Paradise and Thailand. There’s the one in Chiang Mai, one in Bangkok to which I must bring my grandson, and one in Pattaya. If you have a chance, don’t miss it!