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A creative collaboration between The Heavy Projects (Los Angeles) and PublicAdCampaign (New York City), Re+Public is born out of a mutual interest in democratizing access to our shared visual environment. Re+Public uses emerging technologies to alter the current expectations of urban media and accomplish our core mission of re+imagining public space.

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Urban Art Projects

NO AD [nyc, sep 2014]

New York is a city of commuters. 5.5 million riders move through its expansive subway system on an average weekday. Advertisers take advantage of this huge, captive audience by bombarding everyone with commercial messages. Over the years, artists have attempted to take back this public space and our attention, but the system remains full of ads. This is why we created NO AD, a mobile app available now for FREE on iOS and Android. NO AD uses augmented reality technology to replace ads with artwork in realtime through your mobile device. The app will work with dozens of common ads and will be updated regularly with new content. Try it with as many ads as possible to discover lots of new art! Turn your commute into a curated art experience with NO AD. NO AD is a collaboration between PublicAdCampaign, The Heavy Projects and Jowy Romano of Subway Art Blog under the umbrella of Re+Public.

NO AD

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PUBLIC [perth, april 2014]

Sponsored by Form, Re+Public joined 30 other international artists as a part of the PUBLIC festival. Re+Public completed 2 small murals on Murray st. across from the IBIS hotel, and a larger mural on Wolf Lane. Additionally, our murals appeared in bus stop shelters around the city. Like our work at SXSW, through the Re+Public app, these murals digitally come alive. Additionally, how the user chooses to interact with the mural alters the mural's digital content, which provides anonymous data in terms of how individuals are engaging with the art, and ultimately the space that situates that art.

PUBLIC mural [wolf lane]

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PUBLIC mural [murray street]

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PUBLIC mural [bus stop shelter]

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SXSW [austin, march 2014]

Sponsored by Qualcomm Vuforia and IEEE, Re+Public launched its first solo mural at SXSW14. The wall was donated by the Recess Arcade Bar. Typically collaborating w/ other muralists, Re+Public saw creating our own mural content as the natural evolution in our work. An 84' x 32' wheatepaste mural, the content deals with the concepts of production, advertising, and consumption. Through the Re+Public app, the mural comes alive in digital 3D, animation, and movie textures. Additionally, users can interact with the mural by touching either "production" or "beauty". This choice forms an anonymous data set, which could potentially develop into more intentional data sets with regard to how citizens interact with the urban space that surrounds them.

re+public sxsw mural

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grand-place takeover [brussels, nov. 2013]

In November 2013, just after the completion of our collaboration with MOMO in St. Louis, Re+Public traveled to Brussels, Belgium to participate in a tech art summit / workshop organized by the European Union Commission, IMAL, and the Harlan Levey Projects. During our five day stay in Brussels, we seized the opportunity to digitally takeover Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although we were extremely pressed for time, we were able to successfully demo three custom-built mobile AR functionalities: interactive augmented mapping, interactive data visualization, and a digital art installation. Please stay tuned for our digital mural project at SXSW Interactive 2014 in March...

grand-place takeover

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moto museum [st. louis, sep. 2013]

In collaboration with Grand Center, the Art and Life Alliance and MOMO, Re+Public has completed a digital, immersive, and interactive mural on the Moto Museum (Steve Smith, Owner) wall (85' x 21') in St. Louis @ Grand Center. The mural launched during the Dancing in the Streets event on Sept. 21, 2013. There are 14 basic shapes embedded in the painted mural. The Re+Public app unlocks 42 digital variations of those basic shapes and allows users to view and randomly re-compose the mural into hundreds of variations.

moto museum @ grand center

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wynwood walls @ art basel [miami, dec 2012]

As part of the Re+Public collaboration between The Heavy Projects and Jordan Seiler's Public Ad Campaign, during the Art Basel event, Heavy digitally augmented and animated five murals (How & Nosm, Aiko, Retna, Ryan McGinness, and Momo). Additionally, we resurrected the Shepard Fairey mural that he recently painted over. This project was in collaboration with Goldman Properties.

how & nosm mural augment

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ryan mcginnis mural augment

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aiko mural augment

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retna mural augment

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momo mural augment

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shepard fairey mural resurrection

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bowery wall [nyc, june 2012]

In 1982, Keith Haring painted the first mural on the Houston & Bowery Street wall in New York City. Since the original Haring piece, the wall was bombed by ads and tags. However, in 2008, the wall was restored through the hard work of the wall's owner Tony Goldman and curator Jeffrey Deitch. The Goldman projects have collaborated with such artists as Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Sace, Kenny Scharf, JR, Faile and Retna. In June 2012, as part of the Re+Public collaboration between The Heavy Projects and Jordan Seiler's Public Ad Campaign, Heavy used augmented reality to create a virtual history of the famous mural site. Users are able to take a virtual tour of the wall and view each each piece as it originally appeared. Our project is dedicated to Tony Goldman (1943-2012).

digital keith haring | bowery wall | nyc

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digital os gemeos | bowery wall | nyc

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digital faile | bowery wall | nyc

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digital barry mcgee | bowery wall | nyc

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digital aiko | bowery wall | nyc

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digital kenny scharf | bowery wall | nyc

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digital retna | bowery wall | nyc

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digital shepard fairey | bowery wall | nyc

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augmented architecture [nyc | la may, 2012]

As part of the Re+Public collaboration between The Heavy Projects and Jordan Seiler's Public Ad Campaign, Heavy digitally resurfaced, or "skinned" physical buildings in urban centers by overlaying 3D content onto the physical environment. Creatively harnessing augmented reality (AR) technology, Heavy turned architecture into locations for meaningful cultural exchange and, in doing so, provides the user with a new way of seeing public space as a more open and democratic media environment.

williamsburg art & design building | brooklyn

[ augmented with MOMO urban art ]

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bradbury building | los angeles

[ augmented with MOMO urban art ]

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pearl paint building | manhattan

[ augmented with MOMO urban art ]

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swoon resurrection [norway, sep, 2012]

As part of the Re+Public collaboration between The Heavy Projects and Jordan Seiler's Public Ad Campaign, at the NuArt conference in Stavanger, Norway, Heavy digitally resurrected a deteriorated mural by Swoon.

swoon: original mural

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deteriorated mural

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resurrected mural

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ar | ad takeover [new york city - july 2011]

As part of the Re+Public collaboration between The Heavy Projects and Jordan Seiler's Public Ad Campaign, The Heavy Projects and the Public Ad Campaign Re+Public filtered outdoor advertising and replaced it with original street art by Ron English, John Fekner, PosterBoy, Dr. D, and OX.

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photo by will sherman


dr. d

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john fekner

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poster boy

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ox

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projects seen in:

   vice - creator's project
   complex
   animal nyc
   vandalog
   amNY
   untapped cities
   cnet
   ar[t] magazine
   juxtapoze
   the atlantic
   curbed
   wired
   ad week
   pc world
   hi fructose
   popaganda
   creator's project
   fast company
   mobile inc.
   la weekly
   designboom
   hyperallergic
   creativity
   cityphile
   read nyc
   tech mash
   lamp projects nyc
   augmented times
   art observed
   farhrenheit
   world's best ever
   all city street art
   bifuteki
   the L magazine
   a smarter planet
   trend hunter
   rebel art
   ubergizmo
   revolution