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18. The Jantar Mantars

Barry PerlusBarry A. Perlus, Art, developed a multimedia website, Jantar Mantar: The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh. This virtual museum and study center for India’s eighteenth-century astronomical observatories explores man’s profound relationship with the cosmos. The Jantar Mantars, as the observatories are commonly known, are the largest and most elaborate expression of sight-based astronomical measurement in the world. Each site includes multiple buildings of unique design, with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. The project explores new applications of multimedia and imaging technology, while producing a model of design and representation. Media include plans, drawings, photographs, 3-D models, videos, panoramic images, time-lapse movies, interactive animations, sound, and text. The project serves as a repository of essential information and documentation and aims to provide accessibility for the widest possible audience. It is a significant resource for researchers and educators, but its principal objective is to create a dynamic and memorable experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

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