Tate Recreating Famous Art in Downloadable Minecraft Maps

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By Leon Hurley

Tate Worlds: Art Reimagined for Minecraft is a new project building a series of Minecraft maps based on paintings. That up there is the project's version of Andre Derain’s 1906 painting, The Pool of London.

Here's the original for comparison:

The Pool of London 1906 by André Derain 1880-1954

See, you feel more cultured already, right?

The project is creating a range of environments inspired by various paintings and making them available for people to download and explore. The Pool of London is joined by Christopher Nevinson’s 1920 New York painting, Soul of the Soulless City (below) so far, with six more maps to follow in 2015. The works suggested include:

John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-6

Peter Blake, The Toy Shop, 1962

John Martin, The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, 1822

Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991 

Google that last one, as it's going to be really interesting.

Minecraft builders and map makers The Common PeopleDragnozKupo, Featherblade and Tewkesape are behind the interpretations. The first two will be available on the 24th of November here.

The Soul of the Soulless City ('New York - an Abstraction') 1920 by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson 1889-1946

Christopher Nevinson’s 1920 New York Soul of the Soulless City in real life above, and, below, in Minecraft.


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