Saatchi Gallery Brings 150 Artifacts From King Tut’s Tomb to Life With a One of a Kind VR Experience
In November, ‘Tutankhamen: the Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’ traveling exhibition made it to London’s Saatchi Gallery bringing 150 never-before-seen artifacts from the king’s tomb to the world. These treasures are returning to Egypt soon-to-be-inaugurated at the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2024, to finally rest with their owner. Accordingly, this holiday season, the exhibit decided to set up Londoners with an unmatched, truly-Egyptian experience.
Now attendees of King Tut’s exhibit can undergo an 8-minute VR journey into the tomb of the Late Kingdom Pharaoh in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Titled ‘Tutankhamun: Enter the Tomb’, the ultra-realistic, educational project immerses visitors into a virtual realization of King Tut’s historic tomb reconstructed in the exact same state it was discovered in 1922 by British Archaeologist, Howard Carter.
“A general audience is waiting for a reason to put that headset on, and there is no bigger brand than King Tut in terms of the size of the crowds he attracts,” Hollywood filmmaker, Joel Newton, said when asked about his VR project.
Newton co-founded CityLights, an immersive entertainment endeavor, with Financier and Art Collector David Ganek with the aim of exploring the applications of VR technology in the entertainment business. For their first project, the pair wanted to bring a compelling story to life so that people would be interested in trying out the technology, and what story is more interesting than that of the boy-king Tutankhamun.
It is not revealed yet whether the VR experience will travel with the exhibit to its next destination in Australia; however, if you happen to be in town at the time, make sure not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience at Saatchi Gallery.