The Metaverse attracts attention from all types of companies and opportunists. Even the Vatican wants to establish a virtual presence to vibe with a younger audience. The strategic partnership with Sensorium is a first step toward realizing that vision.
The Vatican Goes Metaverse
It is interesting to see how much attention the Metaverse has gotten in recent months. Even though the promised virtual world does not exist yet, everyone wants to help build it. That is a good sign, and even The Vatican seems to be on board suddenly. The Vatican will develop an NFT gallery accessible through virtual reality and desktop through the partnership with Sensorium. Said gallery will feature the Vatican’s collection featuring works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, etc.
The partnership between the Vatican and Sensorium occurs through Humanity 2.0. For those unaware, Humanity 2.0 is the non-profit Vatican-affiliated organization tasked with tackling humanity’s socio-economic and cultural development. The organization primarily focuses on leadership, media, and technology.
Humanity 2.0’s Chairman, Father Philip Larrey, explains:
“We look forward to working with Sensorium to explore ways to democratize art, making it more widely available to people around the world regardless of their socio-economic and geographical limitations. The partnership with Sensorium brings this goal a step further and equips us with the latest tech solutions.”
Contrary to what one may expect, the Vatican isn’t inclined to use NFTs to sell products or objects. Instead, it is a way of bringing its existing collection to a broader audience. Furthermore, it is a social project rather than a commercial endeavor. Non-fungible tokens in the collections can be artworks, tickets, and other objects.