Minecraft video game to unlock Tate art "worlds" By Reuters
Last updated 20th November 2014
By Michael Roddy
LONDON 20th November (Reuters) London, 20 November (Reuters) Minecraft gamers will have the chance to explore worlds created in British art through Britain's Tate museums. Two 3-D "Tate Worlds" are available for free download beginning Monday.
The players in Minecraft, developed by Swedish company Mojang can create almost anything imaginable block by block in a digital world.
"Minecraft is a wonderful game that stimulates imagination and creativity," Jane Burton, Creative Director of Tate Media, said in an announcement on Thursday.
It has attracted the attention of millions of youngsters across the globe. Minecraft-servers.Site We hope to inspire a new generation through Tate Worlds for Minecraft by reinventing art in Tate Worlds for Minecraft.
The two paintings that inspired the Tate worlds are Andre Derain's 1906 "The Pool of London" and Christopher Nevinson's painting of 1920 of New York, "Soul of the Soulless City".
The painting of Derain depicts a scene of tenders and cargo ships and London's Tower Bridge in the background. The Nevinson shows skyscrapers and the tracks of an elevated railway line that stretches to the far distance.
In "Tate Worlds: Soul of the Soulless City" players be transported to the 1920s New York depicted in the painting and board a train taking them past New York landmarks of the time, then fast forward into the future as towers rise everywhere, Tate said.
The museum stated that "the sights and sounds of the "Roaring 20s" will be part of the tour as participants build an edifice and join construction workers for a gruelling sky high lunch and race to catch a movie."
The museum announced that six more "Tate Worlds” maps will be released in the next year, with the themes of "Play" as well as "Destruction" and "Fantasy". These maps were inspired by famous artworks.
This includes John Singer Sargent's "Carnation Lily, Lily Rose" (1885-6), Peter Blake's "The Toy Shop" (1962) John Martin's "The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum" (1822) and Cornelia Parker's "Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View" (1991).
The "Tate Worlds" were created in conjunction with "leading Minecraft mapmakers", the museum said, and will be available for download at (www.tate.org.uk/tateworlds).
Microsoft announced in September it was buying Mojang for $2.5 billion.