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New app unlocks youth art trail through augmented reality

By May 2, 2022May 6th, 2022News, Youth

Orange City Council’s Youth Services has launched an art trail designed to showcase the talents of Orange’s local young artists.

The difference is, the artworks cannot be seen in real life but can be ‘unlocked’ through augmented reality and viewed on a simple smartphone, against the real-world backdrop.

Users can download the free Unlock Orange AR-T Walk app on their iPhone, Android phone or tablet to discover the works. The app allows the user to follow a map and scan specially designed signs or ‘markers’ located around the central business district, which activates a three-dimensional framed artwork, along with a description of the work by the artist.

There are currently five artworks available on the app, with markers in the Civic Square and Robertson Park. The works are by young artists Jazzeal Kind, Marley McLean and Brandie Blake-McDonald, as well as group works by members of the Orange Youth Hub. Five more artworks will be uploaded in the next couple of weeks, with markers throughout the CBD.

The app was launched by Orange Mayor Jason Hamlingat an event in the Civic Square Southcourt recently, which included a demonstration of the program.

“This is a great way of inspiring young artists to get their work out there in a unique way and encouraging young people to become more involved in our community,” Cr Jason Hamling said.

“I look forward to seeing people exploring the CBD and enjoying art differently through the innovative new app and celebrating the diverse and talented young people we have here in Orange. “

The app was developed by software company Start Beyond with $50,000 funding from the Australian Government’s Safer Communities Fund, to create a safer community by educating and protecting young people from risk of attack,

harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

Council’s Youth Services called for young artists to submit works that explored themes of tolerance, inclusivity and diversity, and will work with young artists and schools to continue to provide works that will be swapped over at regular intervals.

Young local artists aged 12 to 24 are invited to submit an expression of interest to be included in the project.

Visit the Council website to complete an entry form.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Start Beyond Managing Director Angus Stevens, Member for Orange Phil Donato, Orange Deputy Mayor Gerald Power, Orange Mayor Jason Hamling, young artist Marley McLean, Canobolas Rural Technology High School principal Brett Blaker,  young artist Brandie Blake-McDonald and Start Beyond Technical Manager Isabella Povolny.

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