Reforestation of the Imagination, 2018
Glass sculpture, fiberglass, & augmented reality
From January through March, MadArt welcomed a new sculptural installation by Seattle-based artist Ginny Ruffner, in collaboration with media artist Grant Kirkpatrick. Reforestation of the Imagination combined traditional glass and bronze sculpture with augmented reality. The artists used technology to overlay digital information onto sculptural objects, portraying two disparate worlds. The installation engaged viewers’ curiosity as they navigated the space using handheld devices, exposing a forest regenerating from devastation. This imaginary and potential beauty revealed through augmented reality was the forest reimagining itself, a process which is not singular to a forest ecosystem, but also inherent to human creativity.