dinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is co-hosting an augmented reality exhibition which is being held in six different countries across the globe simultaneously. The project called Seeing the Invisible will feature artwork from an international group of leading artists and will be on show in 12 gardens in the UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Israel and Australia in September.

Some of the gardens included in the project are Eden Project in Cornwall, Denver Botanic Gardens and Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.

The augmented reality exhibition aims to encourage visitors to download an app on their smartphones, through the app users will be able to view the international artwork in a mixture of floral settings across the world.

The artists included in the project are Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui and Isaac Julien as well as Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin who will also showcase their work.

Head of Creative Programming at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Emma Nicolson stated:

“Seeing the Invisible has found a way to transform the experience of visiting the gardens and how we engage with public artworks by bringing together the real world and the virtual world… I’m excited to see how this ground-breaking exhibition will encourage new visitors to the gardens and showcase this beautiful setting in a new light.”

Seeing the Invisible Co-Curator Hadas Maor said: 

“This exhibition allows artists who have not previously worked in AR to expand on ideas that are central to their practice in entirely new ways… In doing so, the exhibition engages a wide range of visitors with contemporary artworks, including a number that address critical issues around the environment, through this exciting new medium.”
Jul 6, 2021
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