Digital-Only Museum Has No Actual Art
Could this small museum in an obscure Romanian town be the future of viewing art?
A new museum has brought art, culture and state-of-the-art architecture to Pecica in Romania, a town previously mostly known as an archaeological site and for its bread-baking. Surrounded by the Mures Floodplain National Park, its green roof and cathedral-like structure are designed to more than replace the ‘slice of nature’ that the construction disrupted.
The Digital Museum, as it is called, is truly able to show Pecica’s residents the world in a small space of just 1,345 square feet; it relies not on the precarious and expensive placement of actual art objects, but on 3D digital projections and touch screens. Designed by Romanian architect Claudiu Ionescu, it features every modern sustainable building feature, such as photovoltaic cells. Even more impressively, it was completed in just five months, at a cost of €120,000 (approx. US$160,500).