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Climate Awakening group to reveal first augmented reality mural of a series

Climate Awakening: Art & Augmented Reality will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 1805 N. Miami Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Climate Awakening: Art & Augmented Reality will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at 1805 N. Miami Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Local artists are putting the finishing touches on a 96-by-14-foot mural that will come to life Saturday via augmented reality in an open event in front of the historic City of Miami Cemetery.

The mural depicts the skyline of Miami and its famous nightlife — and materialistic culture that is an obstruction to the city’s vulnerable environment. “This mural is us [Miami] looking into the mirror,” visual artist Muta Vision said.

With Miami Murals AR, an augmented reality app created for the project, viewers will be able to see the wall come to life and show two possible futures for the city — a negative future, where no action towards bettering the environment is taken, and a positive one, which reveals more environmentally sustainable practices.

The augmented reality experience is the starting point of the #ClimateAwakening journey. After, the audience will be invited to follow a carbon footprint path that will take them four blocks north to the Miami Limited Edition Gallery, where they will find sculptural installations and a mapping projection, all concerning Miami’s changing environment. Food trucks and live music will also be present at this last stop.

The concept for the #ClimateAwakening journey started with a group of high school students and their teacher, Linda Cheung, from The Cushman School in northeast Miami. This mural is the first of a dozen, each depicting a specific community in Miami, their environment and their needs.

The event, from 7 p.m. to midnight at 1805 N. Miami Ave., is free and open to the public. Register at Eventbrite, http://hrld.us/2npm1uT. For more information, call Cheung at 646-289-1396

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