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Google to create a “fly on the wall” experience of the Remington Art Museum


The works of artist Frederic Remington could soon be coming to your living room thanks to the Google Art Project, a virtual archive of art collections around the world.

On Monday, Google Street View operators visited Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., to chronicle the comprehensive collection of paintings, illustrations, and sculptures by the celebrated western artist.

The digital images will join over 1,000 archived images currently available on the Google Art Project website. The works will join world-renown collections from the Prado Museum in Madrid, The Louvre in Paris and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Patrick A. Fennie, special Collections operator for Google, said the process of cataloguing images on the first and second floor of the museum would take just a few hours.

The process involves a large camera system called a trolley, Mr. Fennie said. Much like Google Maps Street View, Google Art Project the trolley will capture a 360-degree view of the museum and its artwork.

For a close-up of some of the images, the museum has also sent 70 high resolution digital photographs to Google hat will be linked to the maps to view individually, museum Director and Curator Laura A. Foster said.

“So people can look at our beautiful coffered walls and our ceilings in the lobby along with the architecture of the Louvre (Paris) and the White House,” Ms. Foster said.

The works will be available on the website in three months to a year, Mr. Fennie said.

The goal of the project is to make art more accessible – not just to frequent museum-goers or those who have galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new audience who might not otherwise get to see these works of art up close, he said.

And the process is free.

“It’s stunning,” Ms. Foster said. “You couldn’t ask for more.”

The project also raises the profile of the museum, which already boasts the largest

collection of Remington works in the world.

“Judging from our Google analytics for our own website, we already have visitors from all over the world – most of the countries in Africa, and Uzbekistan - really everywhere,” Ms. Foster said. “Really this will improve the quality of the images seen and provide the most glorious possible virtual tour. With the technology of Google, it’s not just a look around the museum; it really is complete 360-degree view. You experience the space in some ways better than you would in person and you can spend more time poking into its corners.”

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