To view 3D images, move them. Pull them closer, push away, shift and hold to pan. A few files will take you through a wall to see a room behind it. Keep pulling to see whenever you can walk through a wall.

The golden room above is in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA. it’s a 3D lidar (LiDAR) image I took a couple of years ago.

Two things to notice here:

1) lidar is the technology that reveals Mayan cities buried under jungle tangles to pilots flying over the green mass.  Lidar mimics photography but substitutes lasers to sense surfaces;

2) This introduces you to my aversion to the myth of solid reality as something humans can experience. Instead our perceptions grab snippets and dribbles that our brains cobble into an illusion of seamlessness.  I seek means of distortion and my unimmaculate method of using lidar is one such means.


This is an answer to my neighbor PS. What’s confusing in the original version of the Gardner’s golden room — and fixed now — is a change inside the software that hosts these 3D images (sketchfab.com). It turns a lidar image into a version of whatever faced the lidar lens instead of non-logical two-sided walls. Hope that tames your puzzlement