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Seeing the Invisible FAQs


Unprecedented Augmented Reality Exhibition to Premiere at San Diego Botanic Garden in September

Q: What is the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality?
Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view, often by using the camera on a smartphone or tablet. Virtual reality (VR) involves a complete immersion experience that shuts out the physical world, often by using a specialized VR headset. This show is AR.

Q: Will I need special equipment to experience the exhibition?

The exhibition can be viewed only through the Seeing the Invisible mobile app. Please download the app to your device prior to your arrival at San Diego Botanic Garden. The app requires a phone, iPad, or tablet with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or Android 9.0 Pie (API 28) operating system. Please arrive with a fully-charged device. Because audio is part of the experience for some pieces, we recommend use of earbuds for full immersion.

When a visitor arrives at a participating garden the GPS-based app will identify the visitor's location in real time, present the respective garden map, and suggest the appropriate route to experience each AR artwork location. Walking along the designated route, when a visitor reaches the vicinity of an artwork, the app will automatically notify the visitor and present simple instructions to initiate the AR experience.

Q: What if I don’t have a smartphone or tablet?
Unfortunately, at this time the exhibition is only accessible via the Seeing the Invisible app.

Q: Will I be able to take selfies/pictures of the exhibition?
You will be able to take pictures of the exhibition using your phone or handheld device while in the exhibition through the screenshot feature. Due to the nature of the AR technology, rather than taking a selfie, we recommend that someone else hold the device to take pictures of you with the artwork.

Q: Will this be the same exhibition at each venue?
While the works of art will be the same, the experience of the exhibition will be different at each venue, as the works will be sited in different locations as well as climates. The extraordinary thing about Seeing the Invisible is that many people can be viewing the works simultaneously in different countries around the world, but the experience will differ greatly based on the garden and the context for the artwork.

With gratitude to our exhibition sponsors:
In honor of Frances Hamilton White
Randi and Marissa Coopersmith
Leichtag Foundation
Anonymous Trustee
Carol and Martin Dickinson
The Robinson Family
Marcia and Dick Brockett


Seeing the Invisible