The Augmented Landscape


 Privateers Reenactment, Will Pappenheimer 2017

Only six more weeks! Closes November 30th.

Boston Cyberarts has commissioned four internationally acclaimed artists; John Craig Freeman, Kristin Lucas, Will Pappenheimer and Tamiko Thiel, to create 8 Augmented Reality (AR) sculptures for The Augmented Landscape, an outdoor exhibition to take place at the National Park Service’s Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Located on the historic waterfront in Salem, MA, the free exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, May 27, and remain on view through November 30, 2017. In addition at the Saugus Iron Works, Will Pappenheimer and Zachary Brady’s SkywriteAR generates virtual skywriting vapor phrases hundreds of feet above the viewer.

Inspired by Salem’s unique history and ecology, the eight artworks will delve into issues as diverse as East-West relations, New England’s maritime connections with Russia, Japan & China, American idealism, the discord between globalism and isolationism, piracy as warfare, as well as the effects of climate change, global warming and rising waters.

Augmented Reality (AR) is computer-generated sound, video or graphics that are layered into a real-world environment. Sited throughout the park, either on the land and or in Salem harbor, the sculptures will be positioned via GPS, each in a specific place on the Salem campus, and will be viewable by using the augmented reality app Layar (free for iOS and Android) on a smartphone or tablet.

The National Park Service will have printed maps available for visitors that include the site of each piece, an image, artists’ information, title of the work and how to download the app to view the work. Visits to the site are free to the public.

To make the most of your experience at The Augmented Landscape, we recommend downloading the free Layar app* before you come and bringing a freshly charged smartphone or tablet.


*if it frustrates you to download a new app and then having to wait to see it work, may we recommend searching for ‘Reign of Gold’ (without quotes) by Tamiko Thiel.