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Philly is getting its first augmented reality mural - and it looks awesome
Philly is getting its first augmented reality mural - and it looks awesome, Claire Sasko

Philly is about to get futuristic.

The city will get its first ever augmented reality mural next month. The project, “Dreams, Diaspora and Destiny,” will combine art and technology to bring a multimedia sight and sound installation to 5300 Lansdowne Avenue, in West Philadelphia.

How will it work? Well, the mural itself is already complete — but starting on October 9th, anyone who downloads and uses Philadelphia-based production company Blue Design’s free smartphone app will see and hear the project come to life.
“Dreams, Diaspora and Destiny” is the result of a collaboration between Philly hip-hop/DJ/composer legend King Britt and muralist Joshua Mays — a duo that previously teamed up last year for a one-night-only performance on October 14th in West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park.

For the mural, Britt and Mays partnered with students from the nearby Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker campus and Haverford School on the Main Line to create the imagery and sound used in the project. Youth enrolled at the Mural Arts Education Program at both schools worked with Britt and Mays in classes this past summer, mulling things like the “visualization of images, sound samples, and archives to reimagine the Conestoga neighborhood [where the mural is erected] and possibilities for its future,” according to Mural Arts.

The result? A one-of-a-kind creation.

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