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Seeing the Invisible


San Diego Botanic Garden Premieres Unprecedented Augmented Reality Art Show

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible premieres the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. The exhibition can be viewed only through the Seeing the Invisible app for mobile devices. Please download the Apple app or Google Play app to your device to your arrival. The app requires a smartphone, iPad, or tablet with a data plan, a minimum of 4GB of free memory, and either Apple iOS 11 or Android 9.0 Pie (API 28) operating system. Because the exhibition is located throughout the Garden's 37 acres, users will not be able to rely on a wi-fi connection for many of the pieces.  For the app to work properly, provide it with access to location services during and your device's camera. 

Please arrive with a fully-charged device. Because audio is part of the experience for some pieces, we recommend use of earbuds for full immersion.

Apple App

Google Play App

When a visitor arrives at SDBG's main entrance, the app presents the exhibition map and identifies the visitor's location. Clicking on the arrow icon on the map allows the map to show which direction to walk to follow the route and experience all 13 AR artworks. When a visitor reaches the vicinity of a piece, the app automatically presents simple instructions to initiate the AR experience. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a video example of using the app to experience one of the pieces of art.

Seeing the Invisible map

Entrance is included with the price admission. Members receive free admission. Non-member admissions range from $10 to $18. SDBG provides free entry to members of other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.

Now - July 31st

Starting - August 1st


SDBG recommends allowing at least 90 minutes to walk to and experience all pieces. The exhibition features works by 13 international artists:  Ai Weiwei, Sarah Meyohas, Daito ManabeEl Anatsui, Sigalit LandauTimur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Pamela Rosenkranz, Mel O'CallaghanRefik AnadolIsaac Julien CBEMohammed Kazem, and Ori GershtSeeing the Invisible places the same exhibition of commissioned artworks in analogous sites in 12 gardens with different biomes across Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the US. For example, the same work might be set within a group of coastal prickly pear cacti in San Diego and among a lush forest of giant redwoods in Edinburgh.

The first exhibition of its kind, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation. More information is available on the global Seeing the Invisible website.

With gratitude to our exhibition sponsors:
Ruth and Ed Evans in honor of Francis Hamilton White

Randi and Marissa Coopersmith
Leichtag Foundation
Anonymous Trustee
Carol and Martin Dickinson
The Robinson Family
Marcia and Dick Brockett