Douglas Coupland’s recent Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” can now been seen anywhere by anyone through Google Art Project, which essentially puts the gallery experience on Google Street View.
The popular exhibit, which was Coupland’s first major museum solo show, drew over 80,000 visitors in person at the Vancouver Art Gallery in its 2014 run. Now the viewers are virtually limitless, thanks to its access through Google Art Project, which uses Google Street View to put the exhibit’s 74 pieces of art on display for a virtual stroll.
Coupland’s work for this solo exhibit was influenced by a number of ideas, among them “the rise of digital technologies and proliferation of information,” which seems fitting given the show’s new online home.
The Google Art Project is part of the Google Cultural Institute. “Through the Cultural Institute, Google has partnered with more than 600 museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures – from artworks to landmarks – online and accessible to all,” notes Google Canada’s blog.
By putting the exhibit on Street View, web browsers can meander through the show and read about each piece thanks to information provided by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and get up close looks at the artwork, which ranges from sculpture to painting to assemblage.
Featured image: Screenshot/Google Art Project