Nearly all of us are living with “stay-at-home” orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has made some do crazy things to pass the time. Whether it’s perfecting a sourdough starter, upping our Tik-Tok game with dancing and/or ping pong ball bouncing, or at-home exercises, many are doing whatever it takes to keep their sanity intact. However, what some are doing, including me, is playing a little game called Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the peaceful escape we’ve all been hoping for, a video game that allows players to design a dream island lifestyle from the comfort of their homes. You can plant trees, trade clothing with friends, design your house. And things just got more interesting now that you can put your love of fine art on display. You can wear Van Gogh’s “Irises” on your shirt, add a Renoir or Monet to your wallpaper, rep, Rembrandt, on your island flag, or host your very own art exhibition with a new tool Getty is launching today.
According to the new press release, Art Generator transforms any open-access image in the Getty Museum’s collection into a mini artwork for Animal Crossing. Search images from the online collection or choose from some of our favorites, available in the generator, then scan the QR code to bring the artwork into your game.
They also added a special converter so that open-access artworks provided by other museums as IIIF images can also be easily transformed and shared. (IIIF is an image framework adopted by many collecting institutions, including Getty, used to navigate and share art and archives).
Learn more and enjoy your very own art-filled island!
I am only a few days into playing the game, and while I am behind on making furniture for three houses, I am very interested in accessing the Art Generator feature.