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Van Gogh’s Starry Night is one of those works of art that’s been reproduced so much it’s become stale. It’s now typically fare for college dorms or TV dinner place mats across the country. Van Gogh had a hard life, but the lost wonder of his art is the greatest insult. 

Now a new digital interpretation of that iconic work is literally bringing the piece back to life. The interactive painting first electrifies the classic scene: starry light flows, landscapes pulse, the night literally twinkles. Add to that the user’s touch and the painting becomes wholly new. A finger gesture rewrites the night sky. A swipe recomposes the scenery. Wondrous swirls and ominous holes dance on screen whenever the user brushes the display. 

This is how Starry Night was meant to be seen: as a fully-engaging piece that is beautiful, sad, and anything but cliche.

What piece of artwork would you like to see re-imagined? Tell us below or @WIREDInsider.

|  February 16th, 2012
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