The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) and Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have commissioned a playable piece of augmented reality public art for Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first Shakespeare Jubilee.
The piece, I See The Future by Anagram, displays a vision of Stratford-upon-Avon dreamed up by its residents through two pairs of giant binoculars. Supported by Arts Council England and Watershed's Creative Producers International programme, the art will be installed for a weekend 6–8 September 2019.
Residents of all ages and backgrounds will be invited to contribute their hopes, dreams and imaginings for the future in a series of creative workshops in July 2019. Their collective vision will come to life in stunning augmented reality inside the large-scale binoculars for people to interact with.
Louisa Davies, head of creative programme at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and producer on the Creative Producers International cohort, said: “The 250th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the town’s history feels a timely opportunity to draw local people into a conversation about the future of their town, and their part in how it develops. I See the Future offers opportunities for people to spark new memories of old places and forge connections between communities, shaping an idea of a future that echoes the spirit of the Jubilee, one of unity and ambition.”
Local people are invited to contribute their ideas at the interactive workshops, which take place in July. Full details will be announced in the local press and on social media. Follow @ShakespeareBT and @TheRSC for updates.
David Garrick's Shakespeare Jubilee 1769 is considered the reason for the establishment of a tourism industry around Shakespeare, establishing the Bard as a playwright and poet of huge significance.
Shakespeare's Birthplace / Image: Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust