Holy Cross Professor's Greenway Art Project Uses Augmented Reality to Take Visitors Back in Time

The new art project at the Rose Kennedy Greenway uses augmented reality. Photo courtesy of Amy Finstein, visiting assistant professor of visual arts at Holy Cross.


Amy Finstein, visiting assistant professor of visual arts, was recently interviewed by WBUR on her latest project, an augmented reality experience which happens to be one of the largest ever set up in North America.

An initiative of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the augmented reality art exhibit blends the interactive digital elements of an app into real-world backgrounds through the overlay of historical imagery, in an effort to celebrate the Greenway's transformation from an elevated highway to a contemporary public park.

"Now that the corridor has been transformed into this park," Finstein says, "it literally reconnects the two areas of the city to one another and it kind of gives back that space to the city."

Finstein, who has been doing research on architecture, automobiles and urban change in American cities in the early 20th century, curated historic images and narrated the augmented reality experience for those images. She hopes the exhibition "encourages the viewer to think about where they are as opposed to being kind of a passive user or observer."

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