In early September 2014 Eric Kurland launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for a new Los Angeles-based museum celebrating all things 3D, named 3D SPACE. The campaign hopes to raise $75,000 USD to provide funding to get the museum up and running, but has currently raised less than $10,000 of that total. This week Kurland has announced an expansion to the campaign’s length, giving him more time to secure the goal.
Kurland explained to VRFocus that IndieGoGo itself had offered the extension, giving the campaign an additional three weeks to hit its target before closing on 29th October 2014. Kurland noted that the campaign still had a long way to go in order to reach that goal but would be introducing ‘exciting’ new perks for backers in the next week, allowing them to obtain more 3D-based rewards for showing their support. Specific new rewards are yet to be revealed.
The proposed 3D Space museum will feature different types of 3D, including virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. The site will include a gallery, theater, library and classroom, all of which will be entirely dedicated to documenting the history and potential future of 3D. Videogames will form a large part of the exhibits, including the likes of the PlayStation 3’s 3D support and even the SEGA Master Sytem 3D Glasses. The technology’s impact on the film industry will also form a large part of the exhibit.
The money raised in the IndieGoGo campaign will go towards the startup costs for the museum. Kurland also aims to raise an additional $3 million to purchase a facility in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles, complete with a 99-seat theater, 45-seat gallery and more. The site hopes to open to the public in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow 3D SPACE’s progress, reporting back with any further updates on the campaign.