A mammoth sun sculpture looming over the vast turbine hall of London’s Tate Modern. Ice blocks extracted from Greenland’s waters, then dotted all around central Paris during the COP21 climate conference. Fog tunnels, installed in the middle of historic museums the world over. Nature sure is monumental – and Olafur Eliasson’s dramatic, large-scale works voice that loud and clear.
Now, in these strange and uncertain housebound times, you can stage an Eliasson-style natural intervention of your own thanks to a new augmented-reality app the Danish-Icelandic artist has helped devise. Aiming to ‘bring the outside in’ while we’re all stuck indoors, ‘Wunderkammer’ – German for ‘cabinet of curiosities’ – allows you to decorate your home with burning suns, rainbows, meadows, insects and rare puffins.
The app, made in collaboration with virtual and augmented-reality production studio Acute Art, is free for all to download on both Apple and Android devices. Acute’s cutting-edge AR technology plugs into your phone camera and lets you overlay your surroundings with moving natural elements, animals and landscapes. It’s simple to use, and very addictive.
We could all do with a good dose of nature right now – and this is one incredibly dazzling way to get it.
Check out the ‘Wunderkammer’ app here.
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