Chauvet VR “The Dawn of Art”

The Chauvet cave establishes a tangible link between our ancestors and our contemporary cultural identity. Our goal was not to tell the story of the cave but to illustrate the role and place of artists in Paleolithic societies.

We bring visitors a sense of proximity to the people behind the first masterpiece in our history through virtual reality.

Chauvet VR: the dawn of art” is a virtual reality experience, including both an immersive film and a virtual tour of the cave.

This project takes visitors on a poetic adventure in the footsteps of our ancestors and to the encounter with the first masterpiece of mankind: the monumental frescoes that have adorned the walls of the Chauvet cave for over 36,000 years.

Chauvet VR is offered to the public by the Syndicat Public pour la Gestion de la Grotte Chauvet, in coproduction with Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma – Le Lab, with the support of Google Arts & Culture, the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Département de l’Ardèche and the Ministère de la Culture et de la communication.

Novelab  has  been  in  charge  of  the  modeling  of  the  cave  and  of  the  3D  assets.  The  cave  was  mapped photogrammetrically  by  Google  and  a  3D  model  was  created  from  the  mapping.  Our studio retextured the model and completed the missing parts and integrated it into the VR driver.


Production exécutive :Atlas V / Novelab

Réalisateur : Pierre Zandrowicz

Développement :Novelab

Voix : Cécile de France (version française) & Daisy Ridley (version anglaise)