Albion Augmented Reality Art Walk

Albion AR Art Walk

In April 2012 Albion College and the city of Albion hosted the first Albion Augmented Reality Art Walk, the “Albion AR Art Walk.” It included 11 works of art placed along a one-mile loop that started at the College Quad and looped through Victory and Rieger Parks. The 11 artists were chosen from The Virtual Art Project’s open call for submissions and the works ranged from Will Pappenheimer’s “Skywrite” that created sky written messages in virtual airplane trails to Nathen Schafer’s “Leg Godt Inuksuk #5” that was created in collaboration with Anchorage School District students.

Augmented reality is a view of the physical real-world environment merged with virtual computer-generated imagery in real-time. Virtual Public Art Project merges the real-world physical environment of public spaces around the world with site-specific virtual sculptures that can only be viewed in-the-round — using the iPhone 3GS or Android phones utilizing the Layar App — when one is at the sculpture’s real-world location.


Gary Wahl, associate professor of art (2004-2013)
B.A., 1993, University of Minnesota, Morris; M.A., 1997, M.F.A., 1998, University of Iowa. Appointed 2004.


Christopher Manzione earned a BFA in sculpture from William Paterson University, a Post-Baccalaureate degree From Maryland Institute College of Arts and his MFA from Mason Gross School of Art. His most current body of work explores the spaces where the distinction between natural and industrial blurs, while investigating our understanding of time through these points of interaction. His first new media arts project is The Virtual Public Art Project to be launched in March of 2010.


(photos by Nathan Shafer)