AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)
EXPERIENCE BIG LONELY DOUG IN 3D
Photogrammetry is a process wherein thousands of high-resolution photographs of a single object or a physical space are taken from every angle. These images are then stitched together in a digital environment, creating a life-sized, photo-realistic 3D model that can be explored in virtual or augmented reality.
For Anthropocene Interactive, a small, true-to-scale representation of Big Lonely Doug (BLD) was created. BLD is the second-largest Douglas fir in Canada. Approximately 1000 years old, he stands alone in the middle of a British Columbia grove, having been spared by a veteran logger who recognized his significance and the need to preserve this tree and others like it.
The augmented reality (AR) sculpture must be viewed using the AVARA app on a smartphone or tablet, available for free from the App Store and Google Play, and requires a physical target image (either printed or displayed digitally, as seen below). Viewers can then conjure this virtual Big Lonely Doug into any space — even the palms of their hands — inviting contemplation of where he belongs (a thriving coastal forest) versus where he actually is (a devastated clear cut on Vancouver Island).