An augmented reality tour that encourages participants to explore local, ecological networks present in an urban park site. Mixed-reality animations and storytelling are an overlay to an actual park in New York City. The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.
This artwork is a guided tour which allows us to inhabit the worlds of multiple species along the trail, allowing them to become visible and “sense-able” to us. The viewer re-enacts stories from the perspectives of non-humans; playing the part of a plant calling out to a bird to help with pest control, an ant planting spring flowers while simultaneously feeding her babies, an underground fungal network delivering goods to struggling trees, and a cormorant searching for a meal in a man-made lake in Queens, NY.
There are 8 scenes, each takes place at Willow Lake, on the South end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The starting point for the app tour is the East entrance of the Pat Dolan Trail, right after walking over the Van Wyck Expressway pedestrian bridge. This is near the Mauro Playground. The tour takes about 26 minutes and the one-way walk down the trail is less than a mile. You can also use the app in your local park, GPS is not required.