An intriguing new form of AR art leaves video treats around the city for users to discover.

What if there was a type of graffiti that was completely legal, could be added to anything, didn’t destroy property, and was itself potentially indestructible? Such a refreshing medium might lead us to rethink our physical environment and even use our handheld devices – so often accused of disconnecting people from their environments – to engage further with the world around us. Andy Biar and Andrew Bueno’s Peek app uses augmented reality, paired with filmed performances and 3D renderings, to do just that. Biar’s video compiling his experiments and process turns his city of Pittsburgh (he is a student at Carnegie Mellon University) into a treasure trove of unexpected easter eggs, some of them permanent and others as ephemeral as a pile of dead leaves. The city’s famous Cathedral of Learning, for example, is satirized by a performance of an actor rapidly kneeling and pretending to ‘pray’ in front of its stained-glass windows.

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