Last year was an exciting year for us to introduce the use of animated augmented reality (AR) into our 3D chalk art events. Over the New Year, I was invited to Mumbai, India bringing along Art for After Hours wall mural and 3D chalk artist Shawn McCann to present the vision of 'blending' traditional art and emerging technologies to the Techfest 2012 event at IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India.
The project was a lot of fun for us and a great stage to share my ideas of blending art and technology together for a three day attendance of over 80,000 students and attendees.
Here we have Shawn posing with a portion of the completed main wall for the Techfest event in which he designed and supervised a team of onsite student assistants to produce outdoor street art wall murals in a five day period. The main wall (detail, above) measured 27 meters long by 4.5 meters high, while the secondary wall (below) measured 6.25 meters by 4.5 meters high.
While Shawn was working on the wall murals, I (Anthony Cappetto) designed and produced the first 3D chalk art/ animated AR project in India (below) and the second 3D chalk art/ animated AR project anywhere in the world up to this point. Iam standing up the highest and positioned just left of center.
The IIT students and I were interacting with the AR model of the IIT robot mascot 'chasing' the robot over the 'Cityscape' 3D chalk art mural which took approximately 30 hours to complete in advance of the event start.
This being our second project blending the 3D chalk and AR, Art for After Hours is finding that the interest by the public in the emerging technology is very high. We had a near continuous stream of several hundred IIT students lined up to interact with our AR models over the three day festival. Here are a few examples from the event:
The above three images are just a selection of the hundreds of images Art for After Hours is currently in the process of uploading to our Facebook Page - Art for After Hours: Professional Street Painting Art Services so the students may have a takeway from the event to share with their friends in social media.
Shawn and I had a great time with the art and Art for After Hours looks forward to developing a new generation of blended art project using 3D street art murals, 3D chalk art projects, or both for our established and new clients in corporate and exhibition projects in the USA and internationally.
I look forward to initiating discussion for new 3D/AR projects with you, the readers soon.
Anthony Cappetto is an internationally known 3D/AR chalk artist and President of Art for After Hours (www.artforafterhours.com)a company he founded in 2001, providing 3D chalk and wall mural projects utilizing animated augmented reality (AR) for corporate and exhibition clientele in the USA and internationally. Special thanks to Daqri for working with me for AR effects.