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FL Mural Animates with Augmented Reality

Friday, January 14, 2022

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In a project headed by Contemporary Art Space & Studio (CASS) and Water Street Tampa, officials commissioned Dutch artist Leon Keer to paint a new mural on the city’s East Cumberland Parking Garage.

Spanning a 100-foot concrete surface and taking up nearly 1,500 square feet in total, the mural depicts a tower of colorful gemstones stacked on top of each other in the order of the rainbow.

“While creating the mural, I looked into the contemporary feel, which reflects on the diversity of the people and businesses going into the new Water Street Tampa neighborhood,” Keer said in a news release. “The mural is focused on the balance and cohesion of diversity reflected here in the city of Tampa.”

Unlike traditional murals, however, tech-savvy viewers can watch the artwork come to life through animation in an augmented reality—with the aid of Keer’s LeonKeer app on their smartphone or tablet.

If downloaded and aimed at the garage wall, it would appear as though the wall isn’t painted at first. Some seconds later, the painted gemstones begin to stack one on top of the other, swaying and then bursting into many smaller pieces outwards from the garage.

Not the first 3D-mural of its kind, Keer reportedly specializes in augmented reality street art and has previously executed commissions in Europe, Mexico, The United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries.

More of Keer’s augmented reality 3D murals can be viewed here.

Similar Murals

Some years ago, in 2018, street artist David Louf—more commonly known as Mr. June—announced the competition of a number of urban projects showcasing his 3D-style murals on various pieces of infrastructure and cityscape.

At the time, Colossal reported that Louf just completed an entire building in Berlin with his signature process: using a laser to sketch the surface’s main lines and then painting abstract overtop. The artist’s website features photos and videos of his work, including a design on the roof of a water tank in Greensboro, North Carolina, that he calls “an ode to the beauty of water.”

Louf says he painted the 45-meter-in-diameter water tank roof in 13 days.


Tagged categories: Artists; Color; Color + Design; Color + Design; Completed projects; Decorative Finishes; Design; Murals; Murals; NA; North America; Parking Garages; Program/Project Management

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