New augmented reality exhibit Seeing the Invisible at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

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Published October 7, 2021 at 10:51 am

Beginning tonight, and running for five consecutive Thursday evenings, Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens is hosting RBG After Dark: Seeing the Invisible.

The special evenings are a unique way to view RBG’s most ambitious and expansive exhibit ever. Contemporary artworks have been created with augmented reality technology. RBG is one of 12 participating gardens in six countries and the only Canadian location.

Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin. For several of the artists, this is their first works in AR.

Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets.

The highly-immersive experience will amaze visitors as they walk into and around the 13 larger-than-life and moving artworks.

Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

The exhibition is the first of its kind to be developed as a collaboration among botanical gardens around the world. Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund with support of The Jerusalem Foundation, and is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.

The experience will be complemented by tours and educational programming as well as RBG’s Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection, a stunning collection of 15 inspiring works of art from around the world. New for this year is the arrival of two new pieces, Overture and Reverie.

The special Thursday night events provide a unique way to view the exhibit.

After touring Seeing the Invisible, participants will be able to grab a bite to eat, cozy up by the fire and enjoy an evening featuring the talent of a different local artist each week.

After Dark ticket holders, who must be at least age 19, are encouraged to arrive prior to sundown to view the Seeing the Invisible exhibition before attending the night’s festivities under the Rose Garden Tent.

If attending After Dark Oct. 7 or 14, it is recommended to see the exhibition between 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

If attending After Dark Oct. 21, 28 or Nov. 4, it is recommended to see the exhibition between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit RBG’s website.

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