Co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring, Seeing the Invisible presents virtual works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape. Beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks, many of the works created for the exhibition address themes of nature, environment, sustainability and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.
The augmented reality exhibition features new works by international artists including Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, John Gerrard, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem and Sigalit Landau—including several artists’ first works in AR. The exhibition is experienced through the unique Seeing the Invisible app, available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play.
Seeing the Invisible is organized by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund and opens simultaneously at 12 gardens across six countries. The project has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation.
Download the free app via the App Store or Google Play. For optimal speeds, download the 2GB app at home prior to your visit. The app may be downloaded onsite at the Gardens via mobile data, but please be patient as it may take several minutes.
What is Seeing the Invisible?
Seeing the Invisible is an augmented reality (AR) experience featuring 13 virtual artworks
sited throughout the outdoor spaces of the Gardens’ York Street location. These artworks do not
physically exist and can only be viewed during the daytime using the Seeing the Invisible app on
an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The experience is included with admission.
How do I prepare for my visit?
The following is recommended before you visit:
- Download the app at home.
- Charge your device and bring a portable battery if you have one; the app uses GPS and features detailed imagery which requires significant battery use.
- Grab your headphones—some artworks have audio components.
- Make sure your mobile data is turned on.
Are there device requirements to use the app?
As Seeing the Invisible is technologically demanding, the app requires a mobile data connection and is compatible with Apple and Android devices that are 3 years old or newer.
How do I use the app?
Discover artworks via an in-app map and notifications as you near an artwork site. Follow the instructions to scan your environment and place the piece within its designated site, then watch as a virtual artwork appears in front of you.
Is the experience interactive?
Yes—many of the artworks are meant to be walked through and explored. AR experiences can be distracting, so please be aware of plant life and other visitors around you.
Can I take photos of the artworks?
Yes, you can take photos of the art, and your friends posing with the art, through the app.
Are any artworks in Mordecai Children’s Garden or at Chatfield Farms?
No, all artworks are located in the main gardens of the Gardens’ York Street location.
Does the Gardens have viewing devices and headphones to borrow or rent?
No, in keeping with ongoing health and safety efforts, the Gardens does not have devices or headphones available for use.