In Tatranská Polianka in the High Tatras, a new digital gallery is opening, which is unique in Central Europe. The authors of the idea are Marián Bizub and Marián Aštáry, who are also behind the Tricklandia project in Stary Smokovec. Approximately 100,000 people visit it annually.

Explore the unexplored

“In Tatranská Polianka we have opened something new, thanks to technology visitors will be able to find out what it feels like to stand on the highest waterfall on our planet, float down an unknown river or cross the North Pole,” explained Bizub.

Behind the conceptual content of the individual expositions is the well-known Slovak documentary filmmaker Pavol Barabáš, who has been working with this creative team since the beginning. “I am glad that I was approached by the authors of the project and I hope that thanks to digital technology, visitors will take away a feeling somewhere inside them that motivates them to learn more about our planet and their relationship to it,” said Barabáš.

The Poliankovo Gallery offers the opportunity to experience places too unexplored in the world that only true adventurers have conquered.

Visit the corners of our planet

According to Ashtary, thanks to digital technology, everyone will get the opportunity to visit several places on our planet, including the Slovak cave Domica. “We use various forms of presentation, such as digital simulations, virtual reality, 3D projections, augmented reality, photography or shadow play,” he explained, adding that the presentations are spread over 600 square metres and offer up to 140 square metres of projection space and 120 square metres of mirrors. At the moment, 11 projections make up the gallery, but the authors are already preparing more. The cost of the technology alone was approximately 100,000 euros. Everything, including the purchase of the building and its renovation, was paid for by the authors from their own resources.

The digital gallery will be open to the public every day from 9 am to 6 pm. According to the authors, it can attract families with children, young people, as well as the older generation, which is not so knowledgeable about modern technologies. They are already preparing another exhibition, which they have also collaborated with conservationists on.