Imagine this. You enter a circular room with a square tower in the middle of it. You take the stairs up the tower, and when you reach the top, it's like you're on top of a building overlooking the city, overlooking Dresden in the year 1756. You see, the "tower" you've climbed simulates a church in the center of the city, and as you spin, you see a panoramic painting of the exact view you'd see from that building if you were really there. The bridges, rivers, town squares...all of it!
And this isn't a small endeavor: the painting in Dresden is the world's largest panometer, measuring 88 feet high with a circumference of 344 feet!
The exhibit includes an extreme amount of detail, including people engaging in the activities of the time. Think markets, construction, horses, carriages, and even a few "Easter eggs" thrown in. It is rumored that you can find someone drinking a local Radeberger Pilsner in the painting, although this contributor was unable to locate it. Another amazing thing about the exhibit is that it goes from day to night, complete with lights in the windows of the buildings and fireworks in the night sky (the painting is backlit and these effects are projected).
Asisi has created several of these panometers, including one of Everest, Berlin, Rome, and the Amazon. You can find out where and when they'll be on display on his website (your browser should translate it to English).
To be honest, it's one of the more unique exhibits we've seen in our lives, mostly due to the fact that the concept is so incredible, and when you see the paintingthe size, the details, the sight lineswe think you'll be blown away, too.
[Cover Photo: Will McGough]