Art Game: If Venus de Milo had an iPhone

An artist creates a world where digital art and the aesthetics of Apple products invade the masterpiece-filled realm of the Louvre Museum.

Art Game Venus statue
The statues at the Louvre are getting uppity. Leo Caillard

When I visited the vast halls of the Louvre Museum in Paris, I was impressed with the longevity of the art within those walls. The Venus de Milo looked as fresh as the day she was chiseled.

When creations come in the form of stone or oil on canvas, they also come with a certain heft. They have the fortitude to stand up to years of viewing. Nowadays, so many of our masterpieces, both grand and personal, come in digital form.

French artist Leo Caillard has been musing on this issue. What becomes of our digital creations after 10 years? How about 500 years? Will deviantART digital creations be on display at the Louvre?

Caillard wonders what this all would look like, so he Photoshopped images of Apple-like devices into pictures from the Louvre, creating an alternate universe where digital works meld with physical classics. The set is called "Art Game."

Paintings get "play" buttons. Great works get shuffled in iPod style. Visitors sketch on tablets. An uncooperative version of the Venus statue grows back her arms and takes a tourist's iPhone hostage.

Caillard is tossing us a challenge to think about our digital world and its future. Will megabytes translate to lasting art? If not, why? If so, how? Let's throw in a side of contemplation with our digital creations.

 

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