Canada’s public art exhibition organization, Vancouver Biennale, is preparing to unveil an art installation that combines physical and digital realities with blockchain technology.
The new Voxel Bridge is located on the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge in Vancouver Installation is a blockchain-based augmented reality (AR) experience that can be viewed using iOS or Android devices. According to local enthusiasts, the installation is preparing for public launch this Tuesday and will run until spring 2023.
The art object is a 1,800 square meter installation by the New York based artist Jessica Angel, which investigates how public spaces can be constructed and used in digital and physical realities. Shaped in the real world in the form of a massive two-dimensional vinyl mural, the piece also exists in augmented reality via the app and is located in a blockchain network.
“Art is a mobilizing force with the power to bridge seemingly different worlds, and Voxel Bridge demonstrates that ability,” said Angel. “This installation transcends the enjoyment of art into a unifying and experimental effort that enables blockchain technology, AR and public art to explore new ways of interaction,” noted the artist.
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The installation is a digital and visual representation of the Kusama network, a decentralized blockchain network that is built as a “Canarian” chain to the large blockchain network Polkadot.
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Viewers can see, touch, and hear the story of the Kusama network through twenty different interactive animations, each represented in the form of a unique non-fungible token (NFT) on the blockchain. The NFTs will be sold on the RMRK arts marketplace in Kusama, with the funds being used to offset production costs of the project, which reportedly exceeded budget by more than $ 300,000.
The Kusama Council originally proposed the project in October, describing the project as a multidisciplinary work and a “highly effective art installation”. “Voxel Bridge will provide an experiential perspective of the Kusama network rather than a technical one,” said one councilor.