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Experience the Metaverse at Chicago’s Navy Pier

Chicago’s Verse Immersive is offering a look into the world of the Metaverse for a limited time only this winter. The Unreal Garden is the latest digital art exhibition and world’s first holographic theatre that takes participants through different journeys with characters and animals.

The augmented reality experience is said to take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. The storyline puts the participant in the center of the action and is something similar to Alice in Wonderland and Avatar. 

Empty galleries are converted into living museums through augmented reality technology, and each person moves through their own space but can also interact with the people around them. The headsets used for the exhibit are the same used by NASA, and do not cause nausea. 

The experience features art from Andrew “Android” Jones who is known for his digital, layered psychedelic art form. Android Jones has been studying art since he was eight years old and has been a popular digital painter since cryptoart and Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) became prevalent.

According to Forbes, NFTs are “digital assets that represent real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos.” NFTs are linked to cryptoart and make it rare compared to any other digital art. A breakdown of cryptoart and NFTs is well explained by The Guardian.

As technology advances and digital art becomes more popular, it would be no surprise for museums that once had physical paintings and statues to become empty rooms that solely are reserved for digital exhibitions. The Metaverse itself is climbing up the charts and is on its way to its goal of acquiring 50% of the global population as metaverse residents. 

Chicago’s Navy Pier isn’t the only place where one can find futuristic exhibits. The Museum of Illusions Chicago on E Washington Street is an interactive showcase of art and visual trickery of the mind through the use of holograms. The WNDR Museum on W Monroe Street is an interactive and immersive art display, and the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art on N Milwaukee Avenue is more for physical art lovers, offering exhibits of folk art and outsider art through paintings and sculpture.


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