Ever wondered what it would be like to play with Minecraft‘s pixelated blocks in the real world? Jeffrey Kam and Cody McCabe did, so they printed out Minecraft’s textures and formed them into scale recreations that were put in a hands-on art display at San Jose State University.
From March 14-17, when the installation ran, visitors were greeted by a full-scale Creeper when they entered, and then encouraged to step up to the fully interactive grass block in the center of the room. Kind of like the giant bins of bricks you can find at most LEGO Stores, this huge block was outfitted with 1,500 smaller cubes, made at 1:16 scale. Reactions from visitors ran the gamut of in-game experiences, such as those who dove right in and went mining for the best ore (diamonds), to those who stood on the outskirts and merely watched in fascination.
The installation room was also outfitted with working LED torches, full-scale pixelated wall textures, and more, all designed to make you feel like you’re really inside the world of Minecraft. There were even miniature tools that visitors could take home and keep, like axes and swords.
The San Jose installation may be over, but Kam and McCabe have made it available to other art galleries, if anyone’s interested. Check out images of the art show below.