This Kickstarter campaign is an initiative of the Uffizi Virtual Museum – Guam exhibit. Galleria degli Uffizi of Florence will not receive any financial gain from this initiative.
The Uffizi Virtual Museum – Guam exhibit is a free admission, not-for-profit cultural event made possible by the collaboration of the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Guam, the Rotary Club of Northern Guam, and the Digital Image Systems Division of HITACHI Ltd. This project is also supported, among others, by the Italian General Consulate of San Francisco; the Italian Embassy of Tokyo; Professor Cristina Acidini, Superintendent of the Polo Museale Fiorentino and the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy; the Office of Honorable Judith T. Won Pat, Speaker of the 32nd Guam Legislature; the Guam Visitors Bureau; CAHA (Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities); Department of Chamorro Affairs; the University of Guam; Rotary International District 2750; and approved by the Guam Department of Education.
Project Goal: To bridge continents and connect cultures through the presentation of the Uffizi Virtual Museum, an exhibit composed of ten life-size replicas of Italian Renaissance masterpieces, a five-screen digital theater, and two touchscreen masterpiece navigation systems to Guam.
What Is the Uffizi Virtual Museum?
The Uffizi Virtual Museum, an original design of the Digital Image Systems Division of HITACHI Ltd., is a sophisticated, new way to introduce visual art. In particular, it offers a more affordable way of experiencing the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy. More economical than a plane ticket, more realistic than book illustrations, it offers an innovative way to virtually walk through the Uffizi Gallery of Florence. HITACHI Ltd. is notably a golden donor of Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), whose main aim is to preserve and protect masterpieces of Italian art.
The Uffizi Virtual Museum – Guam exhibit is located at the 2nd floor of the UnderWater World complex in Tumon, and it is scheduled to open on August 10, 2014. A welcome video to the exhibit by Professor Acidini will be shown at the entrance.
How Will It Look Like?
What Will Make It Popular?
The digital theater, with its five surrounding screens that give the illusion of walking the halls of the actual Uffizi Gallery, is expected to be the biggest draw of the event.
Also likely to be popular is the masterpiece navigation, a feature that allows visitors to select and explore art pieces in an interactive way via an iPad-like experience using two 42-inch monitors. Visitors are able to zoom, pan, scroll, and therefore discover details that before had gone unnoticed.
The exhibit also features ten life-size replicas, obtained by HITACHI Ltd. using proprietary high resolution procedures (Birth of Venus – 80%, Primavera – 70%), that present art works of Italian Masters of the Renaissance such as Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. These replicas, framed in original-era style frames, are the closest thing to the original paintings.
For more information on the Uffizi Virtual Museum, please visit this page.
Risks and challenges
It has been Roberto's dream to share the culture of his hometown, Florence, Italy, with Guam residents and visitors alike. He has personally financed the spearheading of this project. Already, several friends, in particular Rotarians from Guam and Japan, have pledged their support. However, the Uffizi Virtual Museum has been a huge undertaking, and your support is very much welcome and appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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