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ReKindling Venus exhibition opens in Sydney

By February 10, 2012news

Augmented Reality comes to Taylor Square in Sydney with the ReKindling Venus installation. Sydneysiders can aim their mobile phones at art posters at Taylor Square to enter an underwater world featuring fluorescent corals from Lord Howe Island, as part of the City of Sydney’s public art program.

Artist Lynette Wallworth’s new “immersive installation” at one of Sydney’s busiest public squares encourages people to use technology to connect to the world’s reefs and receive the latest data on sea surface temperatures.

Produced by Film Art Media, the public artwork is made up of two murals, a lightbox and seven interactive posters on the former T2 building, which come alive when viewed through the free RKVCoral application for smart phones.

“It is a way of connecting people to the coral hot spots in the world,” Ms Wallworth said.

“The mobile phone application allows you to look at the posters and see coral models descend into a moving-image environment of a reef.

“If you touch your phone screen again, you get access to where coral reefs around the world are experiencing hot sea surface temperatures.”

The installation is part of a wider project by Ms Wallworth, Rekindling Venus, which she said was a metaphor for the worldwide cooperation that is needed to address “the most urgent scientific challenge of our time – climate change”.

Download the free app RKV corals on your  3GS,  iPhone 4 or Android mobile phone today and head down to Taylor Square.

For further information about Rekindling Venus, go to Button Text