The project, which launched earlier today, is a collaboration between Eurostar and the National Gallery which offers travellers the chance to explore a database of 100 highlights from the National Gallery’s collection of Western European painting – including masterpieces by Caravaggio, Constable, Leonardo da Vinci, Money, Rubens, Titian and Van Gogh.
Six tailor-made, touch-screen coffee tables provide the interface with which users can scroll through the database of images. Once an image has been selected, it is then displayed on one of six free-standing plasma screens situated within the brick archways running along the eastern wall of the departure lounge.
Not only can users see the paintings, but a zoom function enables the discovery of otherwise hidden details and artistic secrets that are far harder to spot in a conventional gallery setting. Zoom in, for example, on the round mirror in the middle of Jan van Eyck’s early oil masterpiece of 1434, to enjoy the reflected scene that reveals a scene being played out behind the artist’s viewpoint. Information about each image also appears on the table-top interface.