Walk Through a Sacred Mandala in WoofbertVR’s Newest Immersive Experience

Gateway to Himalayan Art at the Rubin Museum of Art, now available on the Samsung Gear VR

New York, NY February 7, 2017 – WoofbertVR’s latest immersive experience features seven Himalayan objects, dating from the 13th-century. Drawn from the Rubin Museum of Art’s ongoing exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art, these powerful works, representing Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other deities and protectors, serve as an exciting entry point for understanding the foundational elements and ideas at the core of Buddhist and Himalayan art. WoofbertVR’s Gateway to Himalayan Art is narrated by actor and Rubin Museum of Art enthusiast Jake Gyllenhaal.

Imagine walking through the sacred palace, or mandala, of the All-Knowing Buddha Sarvavid Vairochana – a divine space that can only be seen in the mind’s eye. How big is it? What is it constructed of? What do its inhabitants look like? Engaging in an immersive, interpretive visualization, one can actually enter and move through the mandala space, following the traditional clockwise motion and ending with a glimpse at enlightenment. In Tantric Buddhism envisioning the architecture of a deity’s palace is an important meditative practice, aided by visual representations or diagrams of these sacred abodes. In WoofbertVR’s Gateway to Himalayan Art, a 17th-century painted hanging scroll on the walls of the Rubin Museum of Art unfolds to reveal a dynamic and interactive mandala model, allowing the user to discover the mandala’s ancient symbolic form and meaning in an introductory experience in addition to the immersive mandala interpretation.

For the first time ever, VR technology makes it possible to visit the Rubin Museum of Art in New York from anywhere around the world and to explore this mandala in a magnified, cross-sectional way. From standing in front of the two-dimensional wall hanging, looking closely at the painting’s intricacies to then seeing this flat, symmetrical schematic rise into a rotating model and finally entering the imagined space and moving around within it – players can wholly consider the structure and its contemplative purpose, inside and out.

About WoofbertVR

WoofbertVR (WbVR) is reshaping the landscape of storytelling and revolutionizing the way the world looks at the arts. By partnering with the world’s leading museums and cultural sites, the WbVR platform shares art, architecture, and culture using VR technology. Bringing history to life with 21st-century innovation and dynamic content, WbVR offers global audiences access to cultural experiences anytime, anywhere.

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About the Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs—including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations—the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate the big questions that extend across history and span human cultures.

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