Public Art in Virtual Worlds


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Public Art in Second Life presentation at ECU Virtual Worlds Conference 10-NOV-08

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  • The Virtual Public Art Project presents its inaugural exhibition, Symmetry and Growth, by U.S. artist Christopher Manzione. The exhibition of fourteen virtual sculptures that merge with their physical environments are featured in prominent public locations in eleven cities across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Symmetry and Growth proposes contrary systems of origins and growth to viewers who use their iPhone 3GS and Android phones to view the exhibition's virtual public sculptures.
    The Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP) is an Augmented Reality (AR) platform founded in 2010 by Christopher Manzione for the public display of digital works of art. VPAP is the first mobile AR outdoor art experience ever, and maximizes public reception of AR art through compatibility with both iPhone 3GS and Android phones using the free Layar application. Following Symmetry and Growth, Manzione will curate an international group virtual public art exhibition for late 2010. For more information about VPAP and the virtual public sculptures in Symmetry and Growth, visit
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Public Art in Virtual Worlds

  1. 2. PUBLIC ART 360 was a two-day symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill that examined the field of public art from the perspectives of the artist, architect, landscape architect, government, private interests, community, and critic. Seven keynote discussions framed issues about • how public art projects are initiated, approved, funded, and implemented • defining objectives in a public design process • implications for public policy Two hundred participants gained knowledge about how artists work in public space and why public art is important to our cities.
  2. 3. Objectives of Public Art 360 Objectives of Public Art 360 in Second Life • establish international educational portal for teaching and learning about public art that enables real-time interaction • create a Resource Network for public art professionals, artists, and people interested in public art • maintain a dynamic internet environment in which visitors can learn about and contribute to information and knowledge about public art projects and programs
  3. 4. Objectives of Public Art 360 Objectives of Public Art 360 in Second Life • increase our visual vocabulary of public art • sponsor seminars, classes, speakers, and help sessions about public art that are free to users • support formal and informal discussion groups about public art
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