DANI VAN DER HORST
South Africa may be under lockdown but that does not have to stop you from exploring the world from the comfort of your own home. The Google Arts & Culture app is free for both Android and iOS users and offers an interactive way to explore some of the world’s greatest artworks.
The app offers 360o videos of artworks, virtual reality tours of world-class museums, street views of famous sites and landmarks, and an art camera. The art camera allows you to explore some of the world’s most famous artworks in high definition. This means that you are able to zoom in on the photographs and see tiny details that you probably have never seen before. The app also allows you to make use of features such as the art projector, which uses your camera to show you how artworks look to scale. Aside from all of the interactive features, the app also offers an abundance of interesting articles centering around arts and culture globally.
Google Arts & Culture is a remarkable tool for exploring the cultural landscape of the world. The app is a lot of fun and it is sure to keep you entertained for hours. It is intended for people of all ages to enjoy and it does not require you to be an expert on matters of global arts and culture. It offers you the opportunity to learn a little bit more about art, but it is mainly just a fun way to explore the world from your couch.
Photo: Cassandra Eardley