Augmented Reality Art

Augmented Reality, 2019


The Greenway Conservancy’s Augmented Reality (AR) exhibit blends interactive digital elements into our real-world environments through the overlay of historical imagery responding to the ever-changing nature of what once was a major transportation corridor through downtown Boston.

In a curatorial partnership with Boston Cyberarts and Hoverlay, the Conservancy commissioned three prominent AR artists and Amy D. Finstein, a local historian to conceptually explore the themes of transportation and the automobile superimposed with views of The Greenway! The artists include Nancy Cahill Baker, Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman.

The Greenway Conservancy’s public art program brings innovative and contemporary art to Boston through free, seasonal exhibitions, engaging people in meaningful experiences, interactions, and dialogue with art and each other.

The historic photographs shown within the augmented reality exhibit narrate more than a century of growth and change along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. These images capture the city’s changing economic prospects, its accommodations for new modes of transportation, and its embrace of city planning and modern engineering to address successive eras of challenges. 

The aerial images above showcase the corridor’s evolution over the last 57 years, featuring the newly completed elevated Central Artery highway dividing the business district from the waterfront in the 1962 image, and the same corridor in 2017 filled by The Greenway, reconnecting previously fractured parts of the city.


Contemporary AR Installations

Nancy Baker Cahill

Nancy Baker Cahilfounder of 4th Wall, a free AR app. A 2018 TEDx speaker, she was also profiled in Bloomberg’s Media Art + Technology series. She is a Desert X 2019 Biennial artist and received an LA City Hall "Impact Maker to Watch” Award.

Will Pappenheimer

Will Pappenheimer is a Brooklyn artist working in new media, performance and installation. He has pioneered augmented reality art for nine years. His projects have been featured at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, the San Francisco MOMA, and Bloomberg TV’s Art + Technology series.

John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman uses emerging technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. He seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital technology and mobile networks are transforming our sense of place.

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