Seeing The Invisible

Aug 19th – Aug 31st

  • Hours7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

Seeing The Invisible - An Augmented Reality Fine Art Exhibition

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at TBG in September 2021 as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible will feature new works by more than a dozen international artists.

The first exhibition of its kind to be developed in collaboration between botanical gardens and arts institutions from around the world, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund and will open simultaneously across the Denver Botanic Gardens, Eden Project (Cornwall, UK), Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, South Africa), Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, Florida), Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Dover, MA), Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne, Australia), San Diego Botanic Garden, and Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Seeing the Invisible will place the same group of artworks across analogous locations in twelve outdoor settings situated in different biomes all around the world, creating parallels and contrasts between them. For example, the same work might be staged within a group of tall Saguaro cacti in Tucson and among a lush forest of giant redwoods in Edinburgh. Seeing the Invisible represents an environmentally friendly model when compared to the carbon footprint of traditional outdoor exhibitions which require artworks to be shipped and plant life to be disrupted, and many of the works created for the exhibition will address related themes around nature, environment, sustainability, and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.

The artists: Ai Weiwei (Berlin, Germany), Refik Anadol (Los Angeles, USA), El Anatsui (Nigeria), Ori Gersht (London, UK), Isaac Julien CBE (London, UK), Mohammed Kazem (UAE), Sigalit Landau (Tel Aviv, Israel), Daito Manabe (Tokyo, Japan), Sarah Meyohas (New York City, USA), Mel O’Callaghan (Paris, France), Pamela Rosenkranz (Zurich, Switzerland), Timur Si-Qin (New York City, USA), and Jakob Kudsk Steensen (Berlin, Germany).

Seeing the Invisible will be accessible via smartphone and tablet through the unique Seeing the Invisible app, which will be available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play.

This project has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation and supported by The Clore Israel Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation.

  • Location Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • 2150 N Alvernon Way
  • Tucson, Arizona 85712

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