Occupy White Walls Review: Create and Curate Your Own Personal Art Gallery

Occupy White Walls Review: Create and Curate Your Own Personal Art Gallery | Pro Club Bd

In 2020, a group of digital art smugglers stole the National Gallery’s entire art collection, looting each of the 2,400 high-resolution digital artworks directly from the institution’s website. Because the collection consists of paintings whose copyrights have long since expired, countless works by Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt and the others have been legally (technically) looted in what may be the largest digital heist in art history.

The cheeky looters in question were StikiPixels, the same team behind art gallery sim Occupy White Walls, and now anyone with a PC and a copy of the game can hang these priceless paintings in their own private virtual collection. In OWW (officially pronounced Owouawwouaw if you have the time), you can build your own architecturally ambitious gallery and stuff it with artwork.

Browsing through a lush catalogue, you can choose from hundreds of floors, doors, ceilings, windows and furniture to create the art gallery of your dreams. Galleries have a reputation for being a little, well, stuffy, but with the resources in OWW, you can customize your gallery space however you like. You can create anything from lavish grand halls inspired by Art Nouveau to sleek, futuristic nightclubs dedicated to the paintings of Renaissance bad boy Caravaggio.

After booting up the game, you’ll be given your first sandbox room, which has a derelict art gallery in the center and exposed brick walls with no paintings. You can spice it up if you like the atmosphere, but the first thing I did (and my advice is that you should) was erase everything and build from scratch – a nice clean panel, to deepen your ideas on to. Materials and art cost money, but you get a yummy little fortune to start with, and it’s a flat fee that goes a long way.

Out of the 50,000 currency cubes I received when I first started playing, I only spent 20,000 to create my little gallery and I went horribly wrong with my choices.

The controls are as simple as picking something from the catalog, dragging it into your inventory wheel at the bottom of the screen, and placing it in your room. Walls and floors connect effortlessly, and thanks to the sandpit’s grid system, you can make sure everything is perfectly symmetrical. I’ve always loved the idea of ​​an outdoor gallery and so – because I’m a posh girl – I designed a relaxing open-air garden with crisp white walls, crystal platforms, high-density mottled concrete, lush stone statues and a plethora of beautiful baroque paintings. What is missing in the catalog are individual material designations. Trying to figure out which mottled concrete floor I’d used from the handful of identical ones that all share the exact same name was a minor annoyance in a relatively relaxed build process.

A doll looking at a wall covered with paintings of flowers

It’s a fun sense of freedom to curate an art collection. Would you like to dedicate an entire wall to beautiful still life bouquets? Damn yes you can. How about creating a multi-story gallery dedicated solely to paintings of dogs? You absolutely can (and if you do, please leave a link in the comments).

To help you decide what art to stick on the walls of your gallery, DAISY is an AI at play that recommends artwork based on the paintings you’ve previously purchased. If you have a passion for Turner’s epic stormy sea paintings, DAISY will fill your screen with water-saturated seascapes from a range of different artists throughout history. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a specific piece of art, there’s no search bar to locate it right away. Instead, you have to click your way through DAISY’s seemingly endless supply of paintings, which can be a bit of a chore, but the downside to this is that you can discover a whole host of new artworks that you might not have been exposed to before. Every artist is treated equally within the DAISY system, so you will not find any special treatment here. It’s pretty cool to see something like the Mona Lisa with a bunch of unknown artists.

However, the best thing about DAISY (and Occupy White Walls is an MMO) is that you can see comments that other players have left next to paintings, and as you can imagine, they are too unbelievable. Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son, arguably one of the darkest European paintings in art history, is accompanied by comments such as “De-licious!”. and ‘LOOKS LIKE A SNACK’.

A painting of a titan eating a human.  His mouth is open and his eyes are wide

It’s hilarious to me how something considered “high” art can be knocked down a few sticks with something as simple as “monk.”

There is also an option to upload your own artwork and create an entire gallery dedicated to you in one big girl boss parade. I have not uploaded anything as the only art I have created is the hundreds of photos I have taken of my cat. That being said, an entire museum dedicated to Wizard the One-Eyed Wonder sounds enticing…

Purchasing grocery bags full of artwork will level you up, which in turn unlocks more materials and furniture to use. When you’re happy with the state of your gallery, you can open it up to the rest of the OWW community. OWW has a huge social element, and interacting with its community (all of which have been super nice based on what I’ve played so far) is a nice serotonin boost you didn’t know you needed. By opening your gallery you can also start earning money, represented as little blue cubes. Visitors can leave comments, purchase paintings, and leave small thank you tips on your reception desk.

A doll standing on a glass platform looking down at a large Blade Runner mosaic

Your gallery stays open for an hour before automatically closing and remains offline until you decide to open it again.

When your creative juices are running low, teleporting to other people’s galleries is the quickest way to ignite your creative spark. You can scroll through the game’s Featured section to see many spectacular builds, or if you’re feeling extra adventurous there’s a button that will take you to a random gallery that’s currently open. One of my favorite things to do was hop between random galleries and see where OWW’s algorithmic shuffle spat me out. One gallery I visited was dedicated to artwork depicting the apocalypse, the gallery was designed like the remains of an environmental disaster. Another was filled with vaporwave lighting and abstract art, complete with a giant Blade Runner mosaic covering the entire floor.

OWW is about showing your own artistic vision through curating and building architecture. Dealing with the somewhat stuffy art world is playful, but also shows the middle finger for those who want to preserve the art enjoyment of a certain elite. It’s an incredibly niche game, but has an uncanny ability to draw you in with its airy building and incredibly creative community, even if you can’t tell your Monet from your Manet.

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