Virtual Art Hotel




Sacramento, California




5 Floors

What if we can take something precious that has expired and give it a new, yet, altered life? Mortality is imminent, but we set out to extend something in time and virtual space, something for anyone to experience, but only temporarily.

The Art Hotel was not meant to be permanent; material at a moment in time and space visited by some 15,000 people. Nearly 100 artists created an immersive art experience in a doomed five-story apartment building. Open for only nine days, it would only exist in memories, words and pictures when gone. As a transition, our team used our in-house laser scanning tools to create a virtual version of the Art Hotel and host it online for a limited time – sharing our City’s art with the world.

Using a laser scanner (LIDAR), 122 separate scans recorded a detailed model of all the spaces in the building. The resulting “point cloud” is made of millions of points representing a location in space and a color. An online interface allowed navigation of this virtual building.

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