Have you ever visited a museum, and wondered if the scenes depicted in the paintings still exist? In a fascinating project from the developer Gareth Russell, who works as an ecologist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, users can access the Junaio channel and view famous works of art in their original places of creation. According to Gareth:
ArtScape uses augmented reality to place landscape paintings at the estimated location of their viewpoint — the place the artist was standing when each one was painted or sketched.
Using the free Junaio app on either iOS or Android, you can find artists’ representations of the landscape around you — see it as they saw it.
The project stemmed from an interest in using AR as an Environmental User Interface (EUI) to “provide a window to our natural environment.” Gareth is currently working on other projects that involve showing “live” views of trees that would show the rate of oxygen production, for example.
Both Artscape and Timescape are depending on Crowdsourcing to fill their databases. From the Artscape website:
The database that underpins the app is crowdsourced. Users contribute views by estimating latitudes and longitudes and linking to publicly available images. Do you know the location
depicted in a famous landscape painting? Then add it to our database!
We think that the concept behind these ideas is a truly useful application of AR and can see a lot of potential in these projects – and in the ideas behind EUI for learning and discovery. Keep up the good work, Gareth!