It’s been almost 30 years since the world’s biggest catastrophe at a nuclear power plant. Since then, the surroundings of Chernobyl have been closed for visitors. Now everyone will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing. All thanks to technology and creativity of Polish graphic designers and computer scientists (“Poland and world”).

The Chernobyl power plant in 2012

The Chernobyl power plant in 2012

Right after the catastrophe, 350 thousand people were evacuated. Every person who visited this place, described terrifying views of towns and ghost villages.

You enter a school with desks and chairs. There are notebooks and books on the desks. Everything looks as if the people have just left the place and were about to come back – says Grzegorz Tkaczyk (“Fakty” TVN), the author of a reportage about Chernobyl.

“You look at the buildings, abandoned in a hurry. You see the apartaments and the houses, left by the people a few hours ago. This is indescribable,” says Michał Grzesiczek, the manager of the “Chernobyl VR Project”.

Until now only a few people had a chance to see this place. The Farm 51 team from Gliwice managed to be among those people.

We qualified our trip as a scientific one. Thanks to this, we managed to be really close to the reactor, we were near very dangerous places – explains Michał Grzesiczek.

The closest you can get

This is how the “Chernobyl VR Project” was created. It’s an application which works like a computer game. Its realistic, 3D scenography was based on the thousands of photos and films, taken by the Poles when visiting Chernobyl.

We wanted to create a documentary movie, presented in a very attractive way, which will allow the spectator to interact with what they see – explains Wojciech Pazdur, production chief at the Farm 51.

To feel even closer to all the inaccessible places all you need to do is use virtual goggles.

You can find out many interesting things in interactive spots, and see them all with your own eyes – emphasises Pazdur.

The Polish project is groundbreaking. It shows how valuable it is to use the newest equipment and technology. The project will be ready in spring 2016, for the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

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