Beckford's ride: The reconstruction of historic landscapes

Paul Richens, Marion Harney

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William Beckford (1760-1844) built a lookout tower and landscape garden in Bath, now almost completely vanished beneath subsequent buildings. Referring to archival documents and a few traces on the ground, we used an advanced video-game engine to reconstruct the landscape, architecture and planting as it was around 1840, for an interactive installation in the Beckford Tower Museum. Bespoke software was developed to handle the wide views and rich planting. The resulting virtual environment succeeds in relating the lost landscape to the in-tentions and taste of its creator, and to surviving fragments in the real world. It has enhanced the museum visitor’s experience in several ways
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture
EditorsJonathan Bowen, Suzanne Keene, Kia Ng
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781447154068
ISBN (Print)9781447154051
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013
EventEVA (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts) London 2011 - London
Duration: 6 Jul 20118 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameSpringer Series on Cultural Computing
ISSN (Print)2195-9056


ConferenceEVA (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts) London 2011


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