<p>A new website lets you design and build a gallery, then populate it with whatever art works you want.</p>
The online world is already a place full of art, with many blogs dedicated to showcasing work from emerging artists and old masters alike, as well as virtual galleries like Google’s Art Project, which extends Google’s all-seeing Street View eye into the spaces of physical galleries and museums. While Google’s Art Project allows you to see already existing galleries from around the world, a new project called Artsteps allows you to act as curator and create a virtual gallery to showcase your very own virtual exhibition.
Artsteps is a a web-based environment that allows its members to create virtual art galleries in lifelike 3D spaces. It is an application for artists, art organizations and art enthusiasts to model actual or virtual exhibitions by designing realistic 3-dimensional room complexes. Virtual exhibitions may include 2-dimensional artifacts (e.g. paintings, photos and posters), 3-dimensional artifacts (e.g. sculptures or small installations) and streaming videos.
Virtual exhibitions can be explored on the Artsteps web site or can be embedded on any web page, site or blog. They can also be rated, discussed and shared through a multitude of options, including posting on popular social sites.
You start by constructing the space of your gallery—choosing the layout and designing various specifications. The resulting virtual gallery space can be a place where to collate and share the work of others, or display your own. It could also be used as a practice tool for budding curators, who can use the virtual environment as a testing grounds for trying out and exploring different ideas (you can finally throw those old cardboard dioramas away!). Users can also take a tour of other people’s virtual galleries. Currently there’s a Game Artistory exhibition where video game iconography is added to famous paintings.