VR Garden started with a few drawings of flowers. I posted a link on social media inviting the public to contribute. People said I would just receive hate speech and symbols of violence or oppression. I didn’t believe them and trusted in humanity. People from all over the world added to the VR Garden. Some even met each other in real life and became friends & drew more in the VR Garden together.
Today, people all over the world are participating in the VR Garden. It's a public art activity to create community, and grow better together. VR Garden is about creating inclusive space, human & bio-diversity, raising empathy, earth stewardship, and cultivating wellness. VR Garden is one platform to raise empathy and work towards including up to one billion people!
Facebook Community Leadership Program
Participants included members from 46 countries, including Kenya, Philippines, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Egypt and more! I have the honor of being among 115 amazing members of Facebook Community Leaders Fellowship Program. Members of 46 countries gathered recently. My intention was to share VR Garden, empowering people to draw in Virtual Reality, with as many people from around the world as possible. I teamed up with more VR enthusiasts and we facilitated VR demos in the hotel lobby and lounge areas each evening. One afternoon at Facebook HQ we led a VR Workshop! It was great and natural to be sharing this technology in the company that owns it, I have expert experience at educating people how to draw in VR. I brought my Oculus Go with me wherever we went, so people could even draw on the bus-rides between our hotel and Facebook. Everyone had several opportunities to draw in VR Garden. The people who tried it loved it and now want their own Oculus headsets.. I believe if they had them that now, having experienced drawing in the VR Garden, they would create - rather than just consume the content.
VR Garden Responds Today with Urgency & Love ❤️
Inviting you to draw, paint, sketch, decorate a cake, or create a poem or meditation. Any medium will be included to the AR/VR Tree of Life Public Art Mural.
Inviting anyone to draw, paint, or create a VR Tree of Life to add to a Public Art Mural & give it some AR/VR community love! This one was created by 30+ museum visitors this past weekend at Tree of Life & Thousand Oaks: AR/VR Mural event at Better World Museum. This work is to honor and remember the lives of those lost recently in the Tree of Life, Thousand Oaks, including due to racism, police shootings, domestic abuse, and now devastating fires. It's a rise up and come together for all who are fighting gun violence, antisemitism, racism, climate injustices, social and political inequites. For those feeling loss, grief, exaustion, trauma, disconnection, love, hope, connection, building bridges, contributing to building intersectional equality, inclusive space, raising empathy, demanding diversity, seizing every opportunity to repair the world, create climate justice and sustainability, and promotes wellness for all, together. This is what VR Garden is about. I invite you to join by drawing a Tree of Life in VR to contribute to this movement to grow better together. #VRGarden #TreeofLife #Community
On the new Facebook Group @VRGarden, I may ask “What is your favorite bird or butterfly?" or “Name a Tree” — Participants share what they love. I draw their contributions in a shared space to welcome, engage, and include everyone.
I drew these 3D objects in Facebook Spaces for my friends!
Education & Engagement are vital to the growth of VR Garden!
VR Garden is a place for sharing togetherness, creating connection & community. It’s a place for growing relationships & friends.
VR Garden strives to break barriers, walls, glass ceilings, and create more inclusive opportunities through practice, creating better programs, and human-centered design.
VR Garden created at Oculus Connects #OC5 with new friends!
Original VR Garden - I drew a few flowers & shared them online.. I invited anyone in the world to contribute or Remix.
Created with people around the world! Included in TEDx Minneapolis, Jump Into VR Fest (NYC), and performed Live in Venice Beach (LA).
VR Garden Flowers Inspired by Botanicals of Urban Edible Plants
Local Artists ReMixed my videos of VR drawings of urban edible plants, originally created with Tilt Brush in an Oculus Rift. I wanted to include more community members in a project for a local art festival. I commissioned four local Artists to ReMix my VR artwork. This helped create a team of event volunteers as each wanted to participate and felt invested in the success of the evening. All the Artist and Teen Tech Members were compensated for their ReMixes and drawings in Tilt Brush — their work is valuable!!!
Creating New Relationships & Including Everyone
It’s not that I just like to draw with people... I feel a deep sense of responsibility to share Virtual Reality with as many people as possible. As a first-gen VR Artist, it is like having the first pencil and wanting to share it with people around the world. It’s important to me that especially diverse youth may have more opportunities to experience VR, and envision themselves as active content creators and educators, rather than passive consumers.
One awesome week sharing VR Garden!
Young members of the Teen Tech Center, at the downtown library, and I made embroidered flower patches together. I was invited to be in an art show, Impetus! curated by Museum of Impact, at the Brooklyn Public Library in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Excited to be connected to another library, I wanted to represent our community and bring the teens artwork with me. I created two giant AR/VR posters for the exhibit inside the library> I wanted to bring AR/VR into the streets on New York, so organized an Urban Edible Plant Walking Tour. People loved eating the plants, and seeing them pop out of my iPhone & posters!
Earlier in the same week I was excited to go to Oculus Connect #OC5 in San Jose, California. I knew at the two events, on each coast, I would talk and interact for just a few minutes with 100’s of people. I decided to make 300+ heat-press printed AR/VR Patches, so I could give one to each person I met. I was so glad I did!! I was able to share our story about the brilliant teens in our community, and share our cool work together with many people and make super nice new friends!
Better World Museum created an AR app using Unity + Vuforia to activate drawings created in Tilt Brush. These photos show the wonderful week. Click on each to read the descriptions.
Various Flowers in VR Garden
These drawings in Virtual Reality are inspired by the botanical prints of Mary Delany (1700-1788). She was 15 illustrations shy of creating 1000 paper collage illustrations (she called them her paper-mosaicks and thought she invented a new art-form), when she was too old to work. Her folio is collected in it’s entirety at the British Museum. After a life of research and dedication to the Artist, one of her relatives published, “Mary Delany: Her Life and Her Flowers” by Ruth Hayden (1980), at Minneapolis Athenaeum.
AR/VR Artist-in-Residence at Minneapolis Athenaeum uses Tilt Brush to draw works inspired by their collection by 17-20th C. female Botanical Artists.