A Collaborative Augmented Reality Art Installation
"Heart of the World" will be a collaborative and interactive augmented reality art installation, where a real physical location in Miami becomes the hub for love messages from around the world.
Couples in love used to carve their initials on tree trunks, the public is now invited to “carve” their love messages digitally in mid-air, using an App on their smartphones. These messages will stay in the same geographical coordinates forever, and other people will be able to reveal them through the same App. The project will be centered around a real, iconic, and heavily carved baobab tree in Collins Park, Miami Beach. We will designate this tree to become the “Heart of the World”. The public will not only be able to create their messages on site, they can also create location stamped messages from anywhere on the planet. Through the App their messages will appear and orbit the actual Collins Park tree. So, it will not only have the current physical carvings, it will also be densely surrounded by thousands of digital love messages and symbols. People will have the possibility of writing or drawing their messages, and then take a selfie with their creation. This image will as well be persistent at the spot it was taken. The project is not aimed at couples only, anyone can create a message about their love for someone or something. The installation will be compelling to revisit, see how it evolves with other people’s messages, and check if your own flame still burns as it did when you left the message. The space surrounding the tree will become vibrant, an unmissable destination for locals and tourists, and an interactive spot of global collaboration through art. Will we be able to feel the digital aura of love enveloping the site?
A Project by Felipe Aguilar
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