Meta Debuts Gabe Gault’s ‘I Am a Man’ 3D Immersive Sculpture in Horizon Worlds

Meta is showcasing Gabe Gault’s ‘I Am a Man’ 3D immersive sculptural work in its Horizon Worlds metaverse to commemorate Black History Month.
Image source: Meta Quest/YouTube

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  • Meta’s is showcasing Gabe Gault’s ‘I Am a Man’ immersive 3D sculpture in its Horizon Worlds metaverse.
  • Meta said the artwork is the first of a series of cultural and art experiences that will be launching inside its metaverse.
  • Gault’s ‘I Am a Man’, which explores Black history from the 1960s is a tribute to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the world awaits Meta’s big AI in the metaverse reveal on Wednesday, the company is already taking giant steps with its metaverse app, Horizon Worlds. Meta is adding art and culture to its metaverse, which has already rolled out various gaming projects.

The company is debuting Gabe Gault’s 3D immersive sculptural work ‘I Am a Man’ to commemorate Black History Month.

The VR project is a tribute to “Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, ‘I Am a Man’ activists, and the Tuskegee Airmen, and is the first of a series of cultural and art experiences that will be launching inside Meta’s metaverse,” the social media conglomerate described in a statement.

Source: Meta Quest/YouTube

Meta said that its Culture Series of exhibitions provides a more accessible point into the future of technology for “historically excluded communities, ensuring culture and diverse perspectives are woven into the fabric of the metaverse.”

The exhibit started on Feb. 22 and will run throughout the Balck History Month, without a clear end date.

Gault used Horizon Worlds’ creative tools to create the project helped by a few members of media in a round-table meeting held at the company’s Horizon Workrooms.

Meta critics have recently claimed it may not be the best metaverse investment to make following Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In addition, the social networking giant’s activity in the industry is already being questioned amid user data ownership issues. 

The UK and the EU have already taken measures to introduce online safety rules that should work even in the metaverse.

Meta unveiled its massive AI supercomputer last month, saying that it will take artificial intelligence programs to the next level, helping to power the metaverse.

The company has also rolled out 3D avatars across its social media platforms including Instagram and Messenger, while non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are also rumoured to be in the works.

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