TVM: Aerial View


June 1999 View of Museum
Provided by Internet Airways

To access the Tigertail Virtual Art Museum select the picture below that matches the screen size of your equipment. All the pictures in the museum look best if you have a high-color or full-color graphics card for your machine. Museum pictures don't look good in 256 colors.

The pictures below present some other views of the museum. They also provide an example of the maximum size images you will get when you visit the museum.

If you are a museum member you can choose this maximum size to suit yourself. To see a sample enlargement click on the picture example text in blue. When you have found the size image you prefer for your art choose the picture representing that screen size, and you will be off to browse the museum contents.

When you click on a picture you will be transported to the entry level of our six story museum all the enlargements will be the size you selected. Remember unless you are a museum member only the Small images are available.


TVM: Outside June View

Membership Required

 June View of the Museum Front

  1000x1000 pixels
  289K bytes
  about 46 sec.
  on a 56 kb/s modem


TVM: Entry Floor View from Foucault Pendulum

Membership Required

 A View of the Entry Floor
  750x750 pixels
  126K bytes
  about 20 sec.
  on a 56 kb/s modem


TVM: Portico Inside View

Available for Everyone

 June in the Portico
  450x450 pixels
  62K bytes
  about 10 sec.
  on a 56 kb/s modem


Feel free to select a smaller or larger screen size than your equipment will actually provide. A smaller one will speed download times even if it doesn't fill your screen. A larger one will give you more detail but you will have to suffer a wait for the data, and then you will have to use the scroll-bars to view the complete picture. Selecting the blue text above each picture will show you an enlargement at the size specified. Selecting a picture will take you into the museum and use that size for enlargements until you change it. You can change enlargement sizes at the top of most museum pages by clicking on a size word at the bottom-right of the banner.

We try to make Galleries in the museum take 30 sec. or less to load with a 56 kb/s modem. Some artist's niches take longer because they contain a large number of thumbnails, but usually there is a specific warning attached to those links warning you about long download times.

The Tigertail museum specializes in the virtual restoration of fine art. Much of the art in the museum has been restored to correct color, aging, printing, and scanning distortions of the fine art image to try and get an picture as close to the artist's original view as possible.

Computer screens are not the medium that most art has been designed for. So what you see can never really be what the artist looked at, not only is the detail of the picture inadequate on a computer screen but the colors are generated in a completely different way. Given the limitation of the Internet and the computer technology we try to achieve a view that leaves you with a good impression of the picture.

This goal differs from all the other web art museums: they deliver what they have recorded from books which were in turn images derived from art in museums. The goal was usually to present a good approximation of the picture as you would see it in the museum. However they usually make no attempt to correct the distortions inherent in a third or even a fourth generation image.

Becoming a Tigertail Support Member.

If you really want to see pictures in the larger sizes then join the Virtual Membership Team. It costs $25/year and will give you access to all the museum resources. "Join me up!"

If you want to provide scholarships for students and others that love art but can't afford to join our support team consider being a scholarship sponsor. The minimum cost is $500 and allows 50 worthies into the membership ranks. "Tell me more."



An Elucidation of the Welcome Picture.

The picture was taken out the window of an aircraft it began to land at our airport: the Vinton G. Cerf International Airport. The airport is around five miles away from the museum but it is connected to the museum and local hotels by a pnenmatic transport system. There is more about the airport below.

Don't worry when you look at your bags, the CIA tag is just our airport code letters; no one has been looking in your luggage.

The museum is the obvious multistory building in central portion of the picture. The blue spherical object behind the museum is our geodesic dome which covers the virtual reality sculpture garden. The garden is ready for art, but so far we don't have enough sculpture to open it to the public. In front of the museum is the Pie Pyramid. It is a five sided pyramid and it is named after Ice Pie, which is a delicacy offered at the museum that is traditionally cut into five wedges. The Pie Pyramid provides light in the summer to the pnenmatic tunnel terminal at the museum. In the winter it glows from the artificial light inside the tunnel that features a tram that moves tourists between the airport, hotels, and the museum. An elevator from the tunnel delivers people to the glass enclosed portico in front of the museum.

The whole museum was designed by I. M. Not Pie, a famous Hong Kong architect, as an exercise in environmental conservation. Not a single piece of snow or ice was disturbed in constructing the museum at its North Pole site. Nor a single smudge of yellow snow was left after the construction. Trash is flown out and dropped on New York where no one even notices.

Construction was somewhat slowed by appeals to the International Court of Complaints by Santa and his elves. When their appeal failed, the elves threatened environmental terrorism. But everyone seems happy now, and Santa has a new workshop and house located at the North Magnetic Pole which is a much nicer location. It has posed somewhat of a problem for him lately since the North Magnetic Pole has been moving rapidly in the last ten years. Yearly Santa has relocating his workshop to keep up with the pole. However, we're sure that Santa and his helpers are happy following the magnetic pole rather than living here anyway. During the Summers the museum has hired Santa's elves to search for items in the museum; if you want to avail yourself of this service just ask at the information booth and an elf will be dispatched to find what you want.



The Vinton G. Cerf Airport


The Vinton G. Cerf Airport was named after an Internet pioneer. Vint helped do the research on the ARPA net and to create the protocols which make the Internet run. He worked for MCI/World Com with responsibility for the Internet. He now is a vice-president of Google.


TVM: Airport Landing View
Pilot's View as 747 Lands at CIA


The Kirsch control tower at the airport, which you can see in the distance (just to the left of the terminal building), is named for Steven Kirsch who was a high school student at the time the Internet was born, but he lived in the environment of its birth.

Even though he was still in high school, he was active in the UCLA Computer Club and knew Vint Cerf during the time the Internet protocols were being developed. For college Steve went on to MIT. Four years later he was in graduate school inventing a better mouse. His invention, the optical mouse, became and still is the standard mouse on SUN system computers.

Steve sold that hardware business and then started a new software business to provide a WYSIWYG editor, called FrameMaker, for Unix systems. That software company was again sold, and Steve embarked on a new web enterprise:, one of the top web search engine and portal sites. Recently Infoseek was sold to Disney. Steve is now CEO of Propel, an internet acceleration company.

Steve and Michele Kirsch contributed funding that helped keep this educational site free for its first five years. Thanks to both Steve and his wife.



CIA: Kirsch Air Control Tower
The Kirsch Air Control Tower


CIA: Front of the Airport Building
Front of the Cerf International Airport