Virtual Reality Journey Beneath the Sea
Locals and visitors alike are diving into the Museum of Underwater Art’s (MOUA) John Brewer Reef ‘Coral Greenhouse’, through a virtual reality experience launched as part of the North Queensland Sculpture Festival Strand Ephemera.
MOUA Board Chair Paul Victory said the journey beneath the sea puts the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef front and centre.
“This 360-degree trip through the MOUA’s first submerged sculpture truly is breathtaking; it showcases the concept designs of internationally acclaimed artist Jason deCaires Taylor beautifully, while highlighting our vibrant coral reef and fish species,” Mr Victory said.
“It’s been fantastic to watch young children in particular be engaged in their first Great Barrier Reef “dive” experience, all without getting wet or seasick.
“Virtual reality is a brilliant way to transport us to different environments such as the Great Barrier Reef which hosts an incredible community of life.”
Queensland based Cox Architecture was engaged to create the virtual reality experience.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Queensland Government has provided $2 million funding to support Stage One of the MOUA project to grow the industry in North Queensland.
“Tourists want an experience they can’t get anywhere else and as the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, this new attraction certainly provides that,” Minister Jones said.
“Stage one of the museum will see installations on The Strand and at John Brewer Reef. Both pieces are important to growing the tourism industry in this region.”
The Stage One installations are planned for late 2019.