Art in Island Interactive Art Museum, Part I

On Sunday, after having lunch at Provenciano, Yulia and I proceeded to Art in Island in Cubao, Quezon City.

Art in Island is a 3D museum and the largest of its kind in Asia. Its goal is to make known works of art more accessible and appealing to a wider audience through the use of optical illusion and 3D paintings of famous works and scenes that tickle the imagination of the viewer. Unlike traditional museums where visitors are mere spectators, and photography is strictly prohibited, Art in Island lives by the maxim, “Be Part of the Art”.

Art in Island encourages guests to create fond memories of their visit by creatively participating with the 3D artworks through their own distinctive poses. Its optical illusions also give visitors insights about the unique ways their eyes perceive the world and the curious methods their minds process optical information.

Everything in Art in Island is interactive so visitors can be part of the art. Illusion art is not only for seeing or for taking pictures. One has to be in there and be part of the painting to complete the art. The effect of the paintings when taken from the camera is different from simply viewing them. The paintings come alive!

In Art in Island, the walls and even the floors are painted so visitors can really be part of the paintings!

Art in Island in Cubao is housed in a two-story building and has eleven distinct parts. Each part boasts of floor-to-ceiling paintings that visitors pose against in any way they want.

Yulia is a professional in the posing department. She looked like a chameleon; sweet as honey in one pose and then naughty in the next. Other people in the museum were just as adept. Big groups of families, from young children to grandparents, gamely posed and were not afraid to look silly.

Here are some of the photos taken in the ground floor:

Art in Island in Cubao, Quezon City. It was drizzling that afternoon, and the sky looked very ominous.

Art in Island Counter. Inside Art in Island, it was bright and colorful – a stark contrast from the outdoor setting.

Optical Illusion Zone:

Art in Island Optical Illusion Zone

Is it a rabbit or is it a duck? The rabbit-duck illusion is an ambiguous image, in which a rabbit or a duck can be seen. The image was made famous by Ludwig Wittgenstein, who included it in his Philosophical investigations as a means of describing two different ways of seeing.

The multi-color illusion. Which way is this optical illusion moving? Or is it even moving at all? Only focusing on it will be able to answer those questions.

Vincent van Gogh by Oleg Shuplyak. This amazing oil painting is made by Ukranian artist Oleg Shuplyak. This painting shows two portraits of post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh, one which is used to create the nose of the main image.

Aqua Zone:

Who let the fish out? Me! Yulia and I had a handful of photos together and most of them were not clear. 🙁

Yulia and I tried our hand at surfing.

Other surfers

Yulia as a mermaid

Me as an irritation ☺ Look at all the shades of BLUE!!!

The giant octopus and the shipwreck

The girl on the right was the most expressive person in the museum that afternoon.

Animal Zone:

This reminds me of the Disney Pixar movie UP. It is one of my favorite films ever.

Yulia partaking in the giraffe’s drink.

In the Masterpiece Zone:

Salvador Dalí. He made the cut because we studied him in Spanish class, and I watched “him” in El Ministerio del Tiempo.

A painting that starts from the wall and ends on the floor.

Yulia imitating the scream in “The Scream” by Edvard Munch

Hmmm…looks like “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh

“Hey!” screamed the almost naked angel.

Trying to cover Marilyn Monroe’s underwear as the wind tries its best to uncover it.

More masterpieces inside this small room just before the central hall.

Michaelangelo’s David’s Little David is being measured by Yulia.

Central Hall:

Art in Island Central Hall. It is huge! This photo was taken from the second floor.

Art in Island visitors catch their breath in the central hall before they proceed to the second floor. This is where the most epic 3D paintings are located, but the informal queue to have photos with them is a little longer than elsewhere in the museum.

How hard is it to reach for the apple when one is vertically-challenged like me? Super!

Had to sit down after reaching for that apple.

It is a long way to the top, but one must start somewhere.

One wrong step and I would be dead.

As Yulia said, I am the only person who smiles in the face of danger or torture.

Sample photos of other people who visited Art in Island. It is really more fun in groups!!!

For more photos, please read Art in Island Interactive Art Museum, Part II.

Art in Island Museum Reminders:

  1. Before entering the museum, visitors will be asked to take off their shoes and deposit them in the shoe counter. Visitors can be in socks or barefoot while touring the museum. Socks are sold at the counter for P150.00 (US $3.00). I bought the red one because the blue pair was a size smaller.
  1. Make sure to look for the “Photo Point” stickers on the floor when taking pictures. They give the best location to get the paintings’ 3D effect. Yulia and I did not follow this. We did not read the reminders before touring the place. 🙂
  1. Flash is a big NO-NO! Using the cameras’ flash when taking photos affects the lighting and may change the paintings’ appearance.
  1. Forget all those poses you always do when taking pictures! Use your creativity and imagination to make the photos more amusing and memorable.
  1. No food and drinks allowed inside the museum.
  1. Bringing of pets is not allowed inside the museum.
  1. Allot two to three hours of your time to tour the museum. You will not know what happened to those hours once you are inside. The paintings will mesmerize you through its sheer size, and there might be queues in the more popular paintings.


Art in Island Interactive Art Museum Address: 175 15th Avenue, Brgy. Socorro, Cubao 1109, Quezon City, Philippines

Art in Island Interactive Art Museum Contact Number: (02) 421-1356

Art in Island Interactive Art Museum Operating Hours: 930am to 930pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays EXCEPT on holidays. The ticket booth closes at 800pm.

Art in Island Interactive Art Museum Entrance Fee: P500.00 (US $10.00) for adults.


2 thoughts on “Art in Island Interactive Art Museum, Part I

  1. Nice! Amazing 3D effects bringing the visitors to a different world. Lively and colorful. Everybody would enjoy the experience.

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