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Virtual Art Trail

Explore art trails near you without the need to travel.

It's not always possible to travel to see your favourite art trail. We developed virtual art trails to help you see the world's greatest art, while still following an art trail close to where you live.

We use the latest imaging technology to take real life art and sculpture and turn them into high resolution 3D images which you can explore, view and interact with as if they were really there.

How it works

You're going to need a modern phone running Android or IOS (Anything running above Android 6 or IOS 10 should work). When you first access our site, you will need to allow the camera, GPS and accelerometer permissions when you are asked - we're not tracking you, it just enables us to show content where you are.

The camera will then load and you will see a beautiful 3D model of the artwork overlaid on top of the real world - we call that augmented reality, hence virtual art trail.

Following a virtual art trail

There are two types of virtual trail:

  • Ones that require you to be physically located in a specific location such as a town, city or village.
  • Ones that run anywhere (but you'll still need to walk around - it's called an art trail after all!)

Open the map on a virtual art trail page, move to the location of the nearest artwork and when you open the augmented reality view, the artwork will appear. You can walk all the way around it.

Safety first

As virtual art trails are located in the physical world, you need to take care and be aware of your surroundings, so use common sense and be careful when out and about, such as crossing roads, walking through forests and around water.

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Added by: arttrailproject

Published: 16 January 2023

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