Why Won't This Still-Life Painting Just Stay Put?

Imagine re-arranging the blossoms in Van Gogh's Sunflowers, or really giving Munch's The Scream something to scream about. Visiting art galleries would be far more entertaining, and Scott Garner is clearly trying to make that happen with his Interactive Still Life project.

To be fair, the only paint that's involved is on the wall where this piece hangs. It's actually an LCD display attached to a rotating mount equipped with a Phidgets tilt sensor, that's all tied into a PC feeding the image.

When hanging normally, the piece appears to be a still life painting of some fruit and pottery, but it's actually a 3D image generated in real time by a piece of software called Unity3D. So when the frame is rotated, the contents of the scene all tumble towards the side of the frame like they're being affected by gravity. The concept looks like a lof of fun, and I can't think of a single painting I wouldn't want to try this on. Who's smirking now Mona Lisa now that your world's been turned upside-down? [Scott Garner via Make]

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