A new augmented reality app called Mariposa AR, commissioned by Google Fiber and developed by Code the Dream, allows visitors to interact with two murals in downtown Durham inspired by artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
The murals are on the 100 block of East Chapel Hill Street, on the side of the Durham Convention Center, across the street from Ninth Street Bakery.
You can get the app and experience the augmented reality-enhanced murals any time, but during Durham’s Third Friday, there will be a special celebration of the murals.
It will take place Friday, February 21st, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Representatives from Code the Dream and North Carolina Museum of Art will be on site to help spectators bring the murals to life and share their own stories on the new app.
Afterwards, head to the American Underground afterwards for refreshments and for more hands-on mural app exploration.
How to Use the App (from Code the Dream’s website):
Open the app and select Let’s Go AR from the app’s main menu.
- Stand directly in front of either one of the murals to begin your AR experience. (You can walk from mural to mural without leaving the AR experience.)
- Be attentive to the traffic behind you! Be careful to stay on the sidewalk.
- Hold your phone up at the center of the mural.
- You’ll know the app is working when you can move your phone around to see new images.
- Look for banners that you can click on to learn more about the artists. In the Butterfly mural, look for the 3D Globe or the Share Your Story banner to read immigration journeys from other mural visitors. Share your own story by filling out the short form that will appear after clicking on the banner. See what happens to the butterflies when you click Bring Everyone Together. In the Frida mural, look for the arched door frame and walk through the portal for a glimpse into a gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art.