In these strange times, when everything is shut down, and we all want to avoid traveling around, the municipality of Tuusula in Finland took a step towards virtual cultural experiences. Together, we created an augmented experience of Halosenniemi, the atelier home of the artist Pekka Halonen. The AR experience, HALO Open Art Studio, was opened to the public on June 17th of 2020.
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Halosenniemi is a place on the shore of Tuusula Lake in southern Finland that offered ideas and inspiration to the artist Pekka Halonen in the early 1900s. Halonen is one of the most beloved artists of the Golden Era of Finnish art. He absorbed the international trends and applied them to the depiction of Finnish nature, for what Tuusula Lake was the ideal surrounding.
Halonen's studio opened to the public in the 1950s as a museum dedicated to Pekka Halonen and his life and art. In 2020, the studio takes a step into the future, as the AR experience HALO Open Art Studio.
Explore the augmented studio whenever and wherever you want
The goal for the augmented studio experience was to enable a museum experience during the challenging times we're living. The municipality of Tuusula also wanted to make the experience available for all: it is unobstructed, like most AR experiences. The virtual museum allows people everywhere to explore the setting and the art of the beloved artist, without the fear of traveling or not-isolating.
The augmented HALO Open Art Studio was created using photogrammetry and 3D modeling and is available as a WebAR experience. The AR art studio is planned to be presented in Tuusula Housing Fair in August 2020 as part of the Fair program.
The augmented studio experience presents, along with the atelier itself, six pieces from Pekka Halonen, and their stories. There's also a surprise hidden into the atelier!
HALO Open Art Studio is an excellent addition to the other augmented museums and virtual culture and art experiences we've had the honor to co-create! You can visit the other augmented museum tours here:
- Digital museum improving preservation and accessibility with AR
- Art beyond the frame
- AR gave new life to famous frescoes
- Art gate - step into the virtual gallery
Check the HALO Open Art Studio from Tuusula's Elämisen taidetta (Art of Living) -website.