Volcano in Warsaw

Pompeii Aftermath

Pompeii Aftermath

A huge virtual exhibition is being installed at the National Stadium in Warsaw. 70 multimedia installations with 3D animations and holograms will be set up in 24 rooms on a floor space of 2,000 square metres in a reconstruction of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and Vesuvius, which destroyed it in 79 AD. The exhibition is designed to appeal to all the senses with state-of-the-art technologies being employed, including 3D and 4D reconstructions, multisensory effects, digital spatial projections, multimedia synchronised LCD panels, holograms and 3D mirages. The organisers promise to present a virtual Pompeii through which visitors will be able to walk, looking into houses, theatres, sports arenas, shops and schools. Visitors can expect to wade in virtual water, while seeing thermal baths fitted with an ingenious system for circulating hot water. Another attraction is Villa dei Papiri, where over 2,000 papyrus rolls were found. Hologram images will also display ancient jewellery. Visitors will be guided through Pompeii as well as into the volcano crater by the voice of Piotr Fronczewski. The exhibition culminates in a spectacular 4D projection of the volcano eruption, complete with an accompanying earthquake. The partner and technological sponsor of the event, Samsung Electronics, plans to use the occasion to demonstrate some of its latest devices, including virtual reality gear based on the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone with VR goggles that will transport visitors to the ancient city. The exhibition was developed on the initiative of the Virtual Archaeological Museum in Naples. Displayed at the British Museum in London in 2013, it was hailed as the cultural event of the year. In Poland it will be staged in the exhibition space of the National Stadium in Warsaw and will remain open from 9 April to 18 October. The organisers expect it to be one of cultural high points in Poland in 2015.

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