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Royal Botanical Gardens readies AR promotion

The Hamilton, ON-based Royal Botanical Gardens is preparing an augmented reality promotion as part of a group of 12 gardens in six countries. The virtual exhibition, called "Seeing the Invisible,” will begin in September and will include augmented reality presentations by artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin. The presentations are intended to highlight the parallels and contrasts of outdoor gardens in different biomes around the world.

“We are thrilled to premiere this event that allows us to present art in a new medium to our gardens,” said Royal Botanical Gardens CEO Nancy Rowland. “For centuries, public gardens have provided spaces that showcase and complement the creativity of traditional art. With Seeing the invisible we are able to immerse the art into our natural setting in a new and different way.” 

The exhibition will open simultaneously in Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Other participating venues include the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Eden Project of Cornwall, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden of Cape Town, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens of Florida, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria of Cranbourne and Melbourne, Australia, the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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