Viveport Review: Galactic Gallery
Bearded Eye brings art to life in an interactive and beautiful way.
By Joshua Hawkins, Greenlit Content
Since the dawn of virtual reality, artistic applications have grown in numbers, giving artists new ways to interact with their creations. Galactic Gallery takes this concept and turns it on its head. Instead of allowing users to create art, it instead thrusts them into a beautiful journey through space and time that’s filled with tons of gorgeous artwork to look upon and enjoy.
The experience is simple; players are surrounded by different showcases of artwork that spiral and come to life in front of them. The visuals look pristine, and the sense of presence from the way that you interact with things—and how items collide with each other—make it almost feel real. You won’t move around, though, since the showcases are placed around you in a rectangle, allowing you to simply turn to one side to see new artwork.
I’m not exactly sure how many pieces of art there are, but there’s definitely a nice variation in there for anyone who loves looking at different types of art. I’m not really into this form of art, but I can definitely understand the appeal, especially when you’re looking at some of the beautiful pieces portrayed in Galactic Gallery.
Perhaps my favorite part about the app, though, is the new 360-degree painting that the developers added. Created by Anthony Sirios West, the piece is absolutely gorgeous and enthralling as you look up and around at its various parts. It’s a beautiful way to showcase art, especially given that you won’t have to pay a hefty gallery fee to see it.
If you aren’t into art, though, then Galactic Gallery is probably not something you’ll want to download. At $4.99 to purchase (or as part of your Viveport Subscription), while it isn't a huge investment, Galactic Gallery doesn’t have too much to offer outside of gawking at some pretty paintings. If you're an art afficionado, I can assure you it's money well spent.
Galactic Gallery was clearly created for a people who enjoy art the same way that its developers do. The sense of presence, the beauty of the visuals, and the overall feeling of the atmosphere create a fantastic experience to view artwork, but aside from looking at the various pieces, there’s not much else to do in the experience. Still, it’s an excellent contender for what VR can do for something so simple, and if you enjoy art, this app comes highly recommended.