I no longer work at MERL, I now work at Google! I took these photos to document my office as I was preparing to clean it out in preparation for my last day. I hadn't really thought of my office as an art project. I just wanted a simulating place to be during my day. However so many people complimented me on my office, that during my last week at MERL I had an impulse to document it. Even just random strangers visiting someone else down the hall would stop as they walked by, compliment me on my office, and then stay in to chat for a while. It was nice.
The quicktime VR plugin seems to be no more, but you can try downloading the file if you have something that will render it for you.