Managing director of UXXR Design
XR Media Artist
Hernando Nieto Jaramillo
Pershing Square Park located at the heart of downtown Los Angeles, acts as transportation hub for busses, provides parking for commuters, a subway station, along with bike rentals and bike parking. Once famous for its iconic water fountain, which was meant to represent the aqueducts that bring LA its water, no longer holds any water.
This virtual exhibition will be easily accessible to families, students, workers, commuters, technologists, artists, and conservationists. It is a location where many people from different backgrounds can come together to delight in the magic of art and technology, and unite as one for this life-giving resource--water.
Since 2012, California has experienced significant droughts, triggered by historically high temperatures and climate change. These droughts have impacted the major sources of water for California, including mountain snowpacks, reservoirs, rivers, and aquifers.
With Pershing Square Water Recon, the same park that once held water as a reminder of these aqueducts, could again hold the opportunity to connect with our water sources and the importance of water conservation. By harnessing the potential of immersive media, this exhibit will use Augmented Reality (AR) to create a virtual exhibition located throughout the park that depicts Southern California's water sources, the long and arduous journey the water takes, the impact on local habitats, and solutions being considered. It will all be brought to life with AR, visualized with a smartphone.
This exhibition will provide engaging and experiential education regarding water conservation in a fun and novel manner, honoring this precious resource and focusing on the need to conserve.