Artists Spread Inspirational Political Messages Through Geo-Located AR Art

Augmented art application ‘4th Wall’ launches location-specific, collaborative art exhibition to inspire “thoughtful dialogue.”

Originally released February of this year, Nancy Baker Cahill’s art app, 4th Wall, gives users the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the artists captivating pieces of VR artwork from the comfort of their home via AR technology. Now the technology-savvy creator is expanding her platform to help spread thought-provoking political messages across the globe via a geo-located, collaborative AR art exhibit.

“The President Wilson 1928” by Debra Scacco

Open now to all users via the 4th Wall app, Coordinates is an ongoing art exhibit featuring an ever-growing list of influential, sometimes controversial, pieces of art tied to specific GPS locations. Found in areas throughout the United States, Mexico, and Egypt, with more locales to come, these eye-opening artworks have been placed in specific locations relevant to their message in terms of history, culture, or political significance.

“Carm’s Crew” by Shizu Saldamando

For example, Debra Scacco’s piece, “The President Wilson, 1928,” features a sound clip of President Wilson during an interview from the Ellis Island Oral History Project and can be accessed from the Staten Island Ferry while near the Statue of Liberty. Beatriz Cortez’s sculpture, Tzolk’in, on the other hand, honors the legacy of Claudia Gómez González who was shot by border control while crossing the Rio Grande in May earlier this year. An AR version of the memorial is now available for viewing over the famous river located in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

“Raqui and Tongson, Smogcutter Karaoke” by Shizu Saldamando

Coordinates features a “News” section in which users can learn where, and for how long, a piece will be available. A full list of the first group of collaborating artists and their respective art can be found below. 4th Wall will continue to update the app with a growing number of influential creators and inspiring, location-specific artwork:

Tanya Aguiñiga’s Impotence Incarnate (2017): Located at: Border Wall, Playas de Tijuana, MEXICO. Most easily viewable from the Tijuana beach.

Nancy Baker Cahill’s “Hurt Colors” (2018): Located at: Las Vegas Village, Most easily viewable from the open lot next to “Las Vegas Village” near Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV.

Beatriz Cortez’s “Tzolk’in” (2018): Located at: Bowtie Project, Los Angeles, CA. Most easily viewable approximately halfway into the Bowtie Project, across the LA river from Spoke Cafe.

Beatriz Cortez’s “Tzolk’in Memorial to Claudia Gómez González” (2018): Located at: Parque Viveros, Nuevo Laredo, MEXICO. *Important Note:* On May 23, 2018, Claudia Gómez González was killed by a Customs and Border Protection Agent while crossing the Rio Grande.

Kenturah Davis’ “Both” (2016): Located at: The Great Pyramid of Giza, EGYPT

Micol Hebron’s “Eminent Domain” (2018): Located at: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

“Tzolk’in” by Beatriz Cortez

Coordinates was developed by Drive Studios and is available free for download now via the 4th Wall app on iOS & Android.

Image Credit: 4th Wall Coordinates

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