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Seeing the Invisible art exhibition

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere across 12 participating gardens in seven countries in September 2021.

Art exhibition

A poster to advertise Seeing the Invisible art exhibition

About the exhibition

Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including John Gerrard, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, and Jakob Kudsk Steensen—including several artists’ firsts works in AR.

The first exhibition of its kind to be developed in collaboration between botanical gardens and art institutions from around the world, co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund and will open simultaneously across Denver Botanic Gardens, Eden Project (Cornwall, UK), Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, South Africa), Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, Florida), Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Wellesley, MA), Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne, Australia), San Diego Botanic Garden, and Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Visitors will access the exhibition via an app on their smartphone or tablet activated on-site throughout the participating gardens.

Find out more on the Seeing the Invisible website

What to expect from the exhibition

Seeing the Invisible will place the same group of artworks across analogous locations in twelve outdoor settings situated in different biomes all around the world, creating parallels and contrasts between them. For example, the same work might be staged within a group of tall Saguaro cacti in Tucson and among a lush forest of giant redwoods in Edinburgh.

The AR nature of the exhibition allows for the creation of expansive, immersive works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks, and many of the works created for the exhibition will address related themes around nature, environment, sustainability, and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.

As part of Seeing the Invisible, the Eden Project is also developing accompanying educational programming for children, educators, and families available at every partner institution and online for viewers around the world.

How to experience the exhibition

Seeing the Invisible will be accessible via smartphone and tablet through the unique Seeing the Invisible app, which will be available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play.

Further details on the artworks and additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

This project has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation. Seeing the Invisible is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring, and organized by Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.

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