Project Update




Barry Perlus, associate professor of art, is the recipient of a $9,000 seed grant from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Perlus will use the Einaudi grant to support the completion of an immersive/interactive book and linked website, and a prototype show for use by planetariums and fulldome theaters (immersive, dome-based video projection environments).

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Panoramic photographs of the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur were incorporated in the current show "Cosmic Wonder" at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The images accompany live narration about our fascination with the night sky since ancient times, as a lead in to a journey into space using imagery from Microsoft's World Wide Telescope. Adler Planetarium


Barry Perlus presented a short paper about the Jantar Mantar web site and multimedia project at VAST 2006 - the 6th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage


Barry Perlus gave a live presentation of his panoramic photography of the Jantar Mantar at Denver's Gates Planetarium. The presentation was one of the programs in the WAC 2005 conference of the Western Alliance of Planetariums. The new 120-seat planetarium features a tilted 55-foot dome and high resolution full-dome digital projection system. The unique immersive environment surrounds viewers with colorful, bright and sharp images. This one-of-a-kind system utilizes an SGI supercomputer and 11 Barco DLP projectors blended together into a seamless 10-megapixel display covering the entire hemispheric screen.

Spherical 360 panoramic photograph taken inside the Gates Planetarium
showing a panorama of the Jaya Prakasa on the 55-foot dome

9/5/05 - 10/14/05

Jantar Mantar: The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh , an exhibition of prints and computer based work by Barry Perlus opened at the Lycoming College Art Gallery, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA.


Barry Perlus/Cornell University received major funding from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts to continue developing " Jantar Mantar: The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh II". The funding will support creative development and production leading to a virtual museum and resource center on the web.


More details about the "Jaipur World" collaboration with SciCentr:


"Jantar Mantar: The Astronomical Observatories of Jai Singh II" receives the
Star Award from the Griffith Observatory for the week of April 17-23 2005.

"The Griffith Observatory Star Awards were established to recognize excellence in web sites that promote public awareness of astronomy. These are the best astronomy sites on the World Wide Web, and they present useful, thorough, and accurate information in a well-organized and attractive way, making the sky more accessible."

3/29/05 - 4/5/05

"New content added!" Changes begin for This is the first step in an ongoing process to develop the site towards it's goal of becoming a virtual museum about the observatories. New content included sample time lapse movies, and VR panoramas of the Delhi, Ujjain and Varanasi observatories.


Work continues on the "Jaipur World" at Designers at the Scicentr lab are working on a "virtual sun" to illuminate the navigable 3D model of the Samrat yantra from the Jaipur observatory. The model, which will be used as a teaching resource in middle and high school science classes, now has textured surfaces and more accurate details. More information to follow in a later update.

12/10/04 - 12/27/04

Barry Perlus is in India doing additional panoramic and time-lapse photography at the Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, and Ujjain observatories.


Work is underway on 3D models and computer animations. A page of sample images has been added to the site. Work continues on collaborative projects with the SciCentr Virtual Worlds project
and the Ithaca Sciencenter


Barry Perlus is one of three recipients of the 30th Annual Light Work Grants for Photograpy, for his work on the Jantar Mantar. The $1,000 awards are given to photographers, critics and photo historians living in Central New York in support of ongoing creative work or research.

Light Work is an artist run photography organization based in Syracuse NY, widely respected for its exhibitions and residency programs, and monthly publication, Contact Sheet.

4/19/04 launched. An introductory page gives brief overview of the observatories and the multimedia project.


Extension projects are being developed with the Cornell Theory Center and the Ithaca Sciencenter.

The SciCentr Virtual Worlds project, an educational outreach of the Cornell Theory Center will be creating a model of the Jantar Mantar to complement their existing astronomy world based on a contemporary observatory. Follow the links to "Virtual Worlds" at:

Barry Perlus will be creating an interactive exhibit based on the Jantar Mantar for the Ithaca Sciencenter. The exhibit is in the design development stage with a tentative completion date of September 2004.