Augmented reality is an interactive experience that presents you with a real environment that has been enhanced or altered by computer-generated information. Using a smartphone camera or a similar piece of technology, it allows you to experience the real world with additional data or images overlaid on top of it.
The most familiar example of AR might be the hit mobile game Pokémon Go, which became popular across the world in 2016. The game allowed players to look through their smartphone cameras so they could both see and capture computer-generated creatures called Pokémon. The creatures would appear against the backdrop of the view from the smartphone’s camera, making it seem like they exist in real life.
Originally we had applied to the Arts Council for funding to explore Augmented Reality and to give training to the community on how to create digital art. But COVID blighted this bid and it was cancelled.
However, the Art Council did give us a small amount money to demonstrate the concept of digital art. Chain Bridge Forge engaged Lee Mason a local Digital Artist to create 4 different digital art features.
Click on the link to see a 2D version of the installation.
Thanks to these venues for their window space.
Behind the Scenes with Lee Mason designing the images
The first stage in creating the augmented reality artwork for Chain Bridge Forge was modelling the pieces in Gravity Sketch and then TiltBrush on the Oculus Rift.