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Seeing the Invisible


San Diego Botanic Garden Premieres Unprecedented Augmented Reality Art Show

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SDBG premieres the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. Seeing the Invisible features works by 13 international artists:  Ai Weiwei, Sarah Meyohas, Daito ManabeEl Anatsui, Sigalit LandauTimur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk SteensenPamela Rosenkranz, Mel O'CallaghanRefik AnadolIsaac Julien CBEMohammed Kazem, and Ori Gersht.  SDBG recommends allowing at least 90 minutes to visit the full exhibition.

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Entrance is included with the price admission. Members receive free admission. Non-member admissions range from $10 to $18. SDBG provides free entry to members of other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.

Visitors can view the exhibition only through Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for download to smartphones and tablets (see links above). Wi-Fi is limited at the Garden, so please download the app before you arrive. The app will display AR works only upon entrance to San Diego Botanic Garden. See the FAQs for more details.

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible places the same exhibition of commissioned artworks in analogous sites in 12 gardens with different biomes across Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the US. For example, the same work might be set within a group of coastal prickly pear cacti in San Diego and among a lush forest of giant redwoods in Edinburgh.

Co-curators, Hadas Maor (curator of contemporary art) and Tal Michael Haring (virtual and augmented reality expert and curator) worked with the artists to select existing works as well as commission new ones, and to position these new experiential artworks in unique spots in each of the participating botanical gardens. As institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purpose of scientific research, conservation, display, and education, botanical gardens are hybrids in their own right, blending nature and cultivation, order and coincidence.


The first exhibition of its kind, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation. More information is available on the global Seeing the Invisible website.

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