At a glance, “The Journey AR Mural” adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.
Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, “The Journey AR Mural,” is the world’s largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
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The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.
Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh,” respectively) are the creatives behind the project.
In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.
To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit shortnorth.org.