When art, tech and construction collide

14 September 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on When art, tech and construction collide|

AN augmented reality project at Moonah is helping Tasmania see the results of the creative arts, technology and construction come together.

The Tasmanian Government’s public art program has facilitated an innovative collaboration between creative and construction industries to build what is believed to be the world’s first commercial augmented reality brick wall.

Tasmanian artist Jackson Wells collaborated with local company All Brick Tasmania for the project at the Moonah Primary School kindergarten, which will use special augmented reality glasses and the ‘Fologram’ software to guide the artistic installation.

The technology enables bricklayers to position every brick precisely, allowing for new wall shapes and brick patterns to be achieved, which was not previously possible due to cost.

In response to a callout for proposals, Mr Wells suggested a ‘woven’ brick feature wall at the entrance to the kindergarten to celebrate how the school helps to weave together the diverse communities that make up the vibrant multi-cultural suburb of Moonah.

“This is a great example of the kind of innovative outcomes that can be achieved when creatives and industry work together with the support of the Tasmanian Government,” Minister for Arts Elise Archer said.

Mr Wells and All Brick Tasmania have both previously collaborated on a pilot augmented reality project with the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture.

The project will also use Tasmanian-made bricks sponsored by Brickworks from the Austral Brick factory in Longord and has been strongly supported by Tasmanian project architects X Squared.

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