Ages ago we gave the virtual world game Second Life
a spin, mostly drawn to it for the promise of being able to design and build our dream home. The game ended up disappointing because of server lag, but we've always loved the idea behind the game and some if the interesting creations made for users to enjoy, like this virtual gallery of art showcasing real world artist's works in a 3D setting...
about the virtual world gallery and several more images of the works. Although we say seeing artwork in person is still by far the way to go, this is a great idea for showcasing art in spaces and places far away for foreign or out of city visitors:
Cris Rose blew my mind with this one. Cris built a quarter square mile of Second Life virtual art galleries (with a solid chunk of real estate devoted to Jon Burgerman) before third-party funding unfortunately fell through. Those are actual Burgermenos and canvases by Jon that Cris rendered in Second Life. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this project has legs; let’s see it rise again! I’m in awe of this: it presents the possibility for people to see real life art regardless of their physical location.
See the rest of the Second Life art gallery here.