In extensive user surveys about visitors' reactions to a VRML version of Darwin's Endeavour at the
Despite the obvious limitations of a technology like VRML--early on in the project, for instance, a decision was made not to try to depict the sculptures in the Garden realistically, with the majority of them represented by a generic marker and a small 2-D photographic image when the viewer gets close--one can also glimpse what it will mean to have immersive experiences online rather than framed views.
While this shift from seeing through the frame to being immersed in an environment is not a new desire, it is newly possible. When you take this tour through the VRML Garden, you'll see (feel) how it is more like walking through the Garden--without pretending to be a substitute--and less like surfing Web pages.
"The artisans of interface culture . . . have become some new fusion of artist and engineer--interfacers, cyberpunks, Web masters--charged with the epic task of representing our digital machines, making sense of information in its raw form."
Marek Walczak and Remo Campopiano, master artisans, created this elegant premonition of digital machines' ability to interface culture.