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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Technology Initiatives

Use your mouse to navigate your way through the Barge by turning and rotating the object as well as double-clicking to zoom in on points of interest.

Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Vizcaya Museums and Gardens is using 3D modeling and printing technologies to virtually transport visitors to spaces of this National Historic Landmark that are not accessible to the public. These include the Barge—a partly submerged breakwater decorated with mythical sculptures—and the Pool Grotto, which features an elaborate ceiling mural created by American artist Robert W. Chanler (1872-1930).

The museum worked with Daruma Tech and the University of Florida to create virtual reality, web and kiosk-based interactive experiences that enable visitors to learn about and explore areas of Vizcaya that are normally inaccessible. Additionally, handheld-size 3D models of elements found on the Barge, such as its sculptures, and sections of the ceiling mural have been printed in partnership with Florida International University Miami Beach Urban Studios and used during educational programs.

Funding for this project is part of a Knight Foundation initiative to help museums better meet new community demands and use digital tools to meaningfully engage visitors in art. Knight, which promotes informed and engaged communities, has helped institutions—from newsrooms to libraries—adapt to and thrive in the digital age.

Vizcaya recognizes its vulnerability to sea level rise and climate change. Through the use of 3D documentation Vizcaya is working to be a model of resilience for our community. 3D documentation allows Vizcaya to measure surface loss, predict rates of deterioration, analyze effects of sea level rise, measure objects and structures, enhance engagement and improve accessibility.

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Barge at Sunset