Augmented Reality Monuments Tour
Augmented reality Monuments tour
There are currently 1,503 confederate symbols in US public spaces. The conversation around their removal is highly contentious and has catalyzed global controversy. The peak of this animosity manifested at the riots in Charlottesville Virginia in August 2017. The after effect was a national conversation regarding what to do with monuments that represent pride for some and hatred for others. One year later, statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville, Virginia still stand. New York City also has a skewed portrayal of narratives in our public spaces. There are 155 of men and 6 of women (2 of which are imaginary figures) are represented as statues.
Our solution is to use augmented reality to digitally create monuments that represent the voices of marginalized communities (women, black, brown, queer, trans). We aim to highlight both contemporary and historical figures to be placed in public spaces. To that end, our team is creating a catalog of augmented monuments to be used for augmented reality tours in different cities.