team creates video tour of historic British landmark
Vanished Crystal Palace Is Brought Back To Life For Special Exhibit
At The Museum Of London
20, 2001-- One of Londons most remarkable architectural
landmarks, the Crystal Palace, built to house the vast international
Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed by fire less than a century
after it opened.
to painstaking efforts by a group of University of Virginia media
designers and scholars, Londoners and visitors to the city will
once again be able to experience something of the spectacular design
and wondrous proportions of the original Crystal Palace, an intricate
network of iron rods and walls of clear glass that covered some
complex computer model of the Crystal Palace that enables visitors
to take a video tour of the vanished landmark is on display at the
Museum of Londons new World City Galleries exhibit that opened
this month to take an innovative look at the birth of modern London.
A version of the three-minute animation is on the World Wide Web
model is the work of Chris Jessee, a designer with U.Va.s
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), and
Will Rourke of U.Va.s Robertson Media Center. Their animation
accompanies a large physical model of the building in the museums
World City Galleries.
goal of the project was to impress upon the viewer the massive scale
of the building and the character of the structure and space,"
said Jessee, who worked with Rourke using paper documentation and
photos of the vast glass structure to create a realistic model.
construction of the Crystal Palace model has also been part of an
IATH international scholarly project, "Monuments and Dust,"
directed by English professor Michael Levenson, to document early
London life electronically through numerous resources.
this is the 150th anniversary of the Great Exhibition,
it is a timely moment to recover the spectacle of a groundbreaking
building," Levenson said.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856