Two UK-based gardens, the Eden Project in Cornwall and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh participate in an exciting global exhibition of contemporary artworks facilitated by augmented reality.
The two gardens are amongst the twelve others located across four continents to present Seeing the Invisible, featuring works by thirteen international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin.
The exhibition has been set in motion by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael. The virtual attendees can use a mobile application to place the commissioned artworks in contrasting locations worldwide. For instance, a piece from the lush forests of giant redwoods in Edinburgh to be viewed within a group of wavy-armed Saguaro cacti in Arizona.
“As a cultural destination set within a regenerated, natural landscape, the idea of immersing digital installations within that environment is a thrill for our visitors and, indeed, us as hosts,” said David Harland, Interim Chief Executive of the Eden Project. “To experience extraordinary digital works that enable us to view the natural world around them through a new lens will reach hearts and minds, as well as informing and educating simultaneously.”
“It is a great privilege to host artworks by world-renowned artists in collaboration with a global network of partner gardens, allowing us all to demonstrate the power of working together for the benefit of all living things,” he added.
The experience has been designed to explore the interplay of physical landscapes with the digital world and highlight the power of art to bring people together from around the world. The artworks at Seeing the Invisible feature subjects associated with nature, environment, and sustainability.
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