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Carlow Nationalist — Dublin’s Giant Experience promises ‘world’s most spectacular selfie’ on huge digital head

A digital art experience in Dublin will allow visitors to upload images of themselves onto a giant head sculpture “resulting in the world’s most spectacular selfie”.

Organisers say The Giant Experience, which will open at Central Plaza in Dublin city centre on Wednesday, will bring “a new genre of spectacular immersive digital art” to Ireland.

Visitors will be scanned in Ireland’s only volumetric scanning theatre and their moving image will then be displayed on a four-metre-tall, LED-clad “Giant Head”. The exhibition will also feature two smaller head sculptures.

The scanning theatre will also generate a full-body “holographic avatar” of each visitor, which they can then use to explore virtual worlds.

The exhibition includes information about giants and giant slayers from legend and mythology, as well as global game changers from history.

The Giant Experience is a creation of The Giant Company, a Dublin-based company led by entrepreneur Paddy Dunning.

The Enterprise Ireland-backed firm has bigger plans to create a series of digital moving statues up to 10-stories high that would double as visitor attractions.

Each “Giant” will cost €15 million-€20 million to develop, the firm told The Irish Times, depending on the location and chosen size.

“We envision the Giant as an adjunct to new urban redevelopment projects, stadiums, arenas, shopping centres, museums and other locations,” said Mr Dunning, who is the man behind Dublin’s National Wax Museum, Temple Bar Music Centre and the Button Factory.

The Giant Experience will be open for four months in Dublin and is suitable for visitors aged seven and over. Organisers say prebooking is highly recommended.

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