Sydney, April 9th ~ Melbourne, April 30th, 2011
In April this year, (Un)seen Sculptures, Australia’s first mobile 3D augmented reality art show will be staged in locations in Surry Hills, Sydney (as part of the Surry Hill Festival) and around the Melbourne CBD.
Situated in these locations will be virtual digital works; hidden from the naked eye but visible to anyone with an iPhone, Android or Nokia smartphone and an app called the Layar Reality Browser, that can be downloaded for free from iTunes, the Android Market or the Ovi Store.
Once they have downloaded this app, people can simply open it up, search for “unseen sculptures”, select the layer set up for the show, then hold up their phones at the designated locations, and they will see 3D artworks that they can walk around, explore from any angle and even interact with.
The show will feature works by Australian artists and international visitors from as far afield as the USA, UK, China and Portugal. The pieces themselves will traverse a wide range of styles and subjects: anything from characters from a traditional Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet lost in the metropolis; to an infestation of psychotropic toads; to an 18th-century GPS device.