The Sacred Places Exhibition at the Museum of the Red River, Idabel Oklahoma, September 17 – December 8, 2013 features five 3D stereoscopic photography installations of light-painted images by Lorran Meares. Participants are invited to interact with the room-sized 19th century 3D stereoscopic “Wheatstone” viewers by walking up to the sculptural pedestals and looking directly into the two front-surfaced mirrors placed at 90 degrees. The effect is nothing short of astonishing as the left and right-eye images are magically transformed by the brain into an almost holographic “virtual reality” experience. Museum visitors are frequently heard to say, ” I can’t believe it! It’s like I’m standing right there!”
Participants can also view the entire series of exhibition photographs on the 3D HDTV.
Lorran Meares has been creating light-painted stereoscopic photographs since the early ’70s. In 1994, he was invited to create a 20 year retrospective of his 3D light-painted work at the Myhren Art Gallery in Denver, Colorado. In addition to showing the use of his 3D oak stereoscopic viewing boxes, this five minute video of the exhibition demonstrates the historically significant first use of interactive Wheatstone stereoscopic installations on such a large scale. VIEW THE VIDEO