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Outdoor augmented reality art exhibit to hit Bernard Ave

A new ‘Meet me on Bernard’ event this summer is sure to flip your reality around, as local artists have collaborated to create augmented reality artworks that will last until September 7.

Augmented Reality is a technology that allows for the viewer to add an enhanced layer of images, movement, and sound to their immediate surroundings by looking through their smartphone.

To access the AR portion of the works, viewers will need a smartphone, and to download the free AUGLE app.

“AR Bernard celebrates the best of Kelowna’s creative community. It illustrates the potential for innovation in collaborative projects and has helped local artists make new connections with colleagues outside of their traditional disciplines,” said Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery. “To see illustrators, musicians, and animators working together on the creation of new, original artworks sets a new precedent for local collaboration between different types of artists here in Kelowna.”

</who>Photo credit: Contributed | A viewer use the AUGLE app to view ‘Cuppa Java’ by Jolene Mackie, Emily Stubbs and Bo Higgs.Funded by the City of Kelowna Temporary Art in public spaces program, and facilitated by Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and Kelowna Art Gallery, these new virtual pieces of work range from themes of natural environments, Kelowna city life, and whimsical stories of fictional characters.

Local projects like these are critical ways of establishing a vibrant arts community in our city.

“When establishing the ‘Meet me on Bernard’ program for 2021, we recognized an amazing opportunity to showcase the work of local artists to help us engage and entertain the public,” Robert Parlane, City of Kelowna Parks & Buildings Planning Manager. “We hope the public will enjoy these new temporary public artworks as they explore Kelowna’s downtown core this summer.”

For more information or to download the app click here.

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