A new augmented-reality (AR) mural that raised nearly $300,000 for St. Paul’s Hospital has been unveiled in Downtown Vancouver.
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The AR mural was created by Vancouver artist Andrea Wan with 1,834 unique pixels, each representing a person who supported the St. Paul’s Foundation campaign. Components of the 80 by 33.5-foot mural can be animated by scanning QR codes that are placed at key socially distant spots at the viewing location.
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“I wanted to create an art piece that shines a light on mental health during these times of isolation,” said Wan in a release. “While we are taking care of our physical health, I think it’s also as important to take care of our mental health. A simple gesture of care, a genuine conversation, even a smile or eye contact goes a long way in reassuring each other that we are not alone.”
Since its launch in February, the campaign has raised $299,416 for St. Paul’s Hospital through donations, sponsorship and in-kind support.
“This project has shown us that like the mosaic art piece, people and organizations within our community can have greater impact when they come together,” said Matt Ilich, a member of the St. Paul’s Future Leaders committee, in a release. “We’ve seen how donations as small as $5 can have a compound effect and we’re thrilled that the community has rallied behind this initiative.”
Pixel Moments can be viewed at Granville and West Georgia Streets above London Drugs throughout the spring.