Thought you knew the Richmond skyline? Take another look.
Buildings, parks, trees, highways and more now appear to show length, width, depths and height when viewed from any angle – and without the need for special 3-D glasses.
“I was looking at the skyline from across the [James] river the other day, and it was like the [14th Street] bridge was coming right towards me, and got smaller in the distance,” said Shockoe Bottom resident Alicia Boyd. “Not only that, I could totally tell that some buildings were farther away than others, or estimate how much further I had to walk in order to cross the road.”
“It was just like real life,” she added.
Mayor Dwight Jones said in a press conference this morning that making the city have dimensions of space and time to “truly showcase our physical universe” was one of his first priorities as mayor.
“You can look down any streetscape now and instantly tell if a person is far away, or up close. No need for special glasses,” the mayor said. “You can even reach out and touch parts of the city, like sidewalks, trees, what-have-you. So when you think about it, the city is basically four dimensions now.”
Jones said he hoped to have city covered in that Magic Eye stuff by November 2010.