Harmonie der Natur: A Virtual Art Exhibition using AR
Featured playground project about an innovative AR exhibition featuring my artworks.
Class:
Creative Thinking
Role:
AR, UI / UX, Branding
Tech:
Cinema 4D, Reality Composer, Figma
Duration:
2 weeks
An innovative AR exhibition about the harmony of nature that is originally inspired by the Art Nouveau movement which was known for harmonious, nature-inspired art and architecture.
By using Apple Reality Composer, I made the exhibition accessible for anyone worldwide. Try it out below with an Apple device.
Problem
How can we convey the feeling of Art Nouveau by combining it with the design principle of unity and harmony in an original art exhibition that is easily accessible and does not need major resources?
Opportunity
By focussing on nature, one of Art Nouveau's biggest inspirations, and creating virtual artworks through leveraging Augmented Reality, an innovative and original exhibition can be created that is accessible from anywhere at any time.
Solution
Introducing the virtual Augmented Reality exhibition called "Harmonie der Natur" (harmony of nature) including its 4 custom virtual art pieces. My art pieces are decorations, try to take into account the key aspects of German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil), and express similar feelings of artworks created during that movement. Every piece of art includes detailed structural elements paired with a subject that has some sort of connection to nature through shape, pattern, or material. Structural elements can be sequences of objects that have slight shifts in position, rotation, or scale which may create sinuous curves similar to those of plants and flowers.
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Try it out
Requires Apple mobile device and works best with depth-camera-enabled iPhones. Wait until the scene / web page is fully loaded. This may take a while.
Harmonie der Natur – Art Pieces
Art Nouveau is inspired by nature. Hence, artworks take into account the principle of unity and harmony. Artworks convey feelings of balance, delicacy, and excitement while they are also very detailed and intricate. Jugendstil (1895-1910) was the German counterpart of Art Nouveau. In accordance with the Art Nouveau movement, designs were often inspired by nature (sinuous curves of plants and flowers).

Below, there are detailed descriptions and thoughts behind each artwork and what I am trying to convey with each of them.
Artwork 1 – Naturverbundenheit
Closeness to Nature
Naturverbundenheit (closeness to nature) shows how natural structural elements (sinuous curves and spirals) can be merged with artificial elements, indicated by the hexagonal elements. This is something we experience in everyday life, where natural habitat is diminished or destroyed and infrastructure is built. Nowadays, man-made structures go hand in hand with nature.
The core of the artwork shows a golden sphere with a texture on it that might remind the viewer of a snake or reptile animal. This is supposed to strengthen the explained connection of an animal's natural habitat with artificial elements
Artwork 2 – Gedankengut
Body of Thought
Gedankengut (body of thought) expresses how nature can be hypnotizing and sometimes makes us indulge or drown in thoughts. When viewed from the top, the artwork might seem mesmerizing for the viewer as the sequence of structural elements creates a harmonious hypnotizing pattern.
The core of the artwork is a pyramid made out of marble stone to show that nature is at the core of indulging in thoughts.
Artwork 3 – Heikle Natur
Delicate Nature
Heikle Natur (delicate nature) makes clear that, while it is a harmonious ecosystem, nature is not always that way. Sometimes, it is fragile indicated by the fractured rock core of the artwork that lives in a harmonious cage. The cage is supposed to symbolize that it is hard to escape the delicacy of nature. Nature is and will always be irreversibly vulnerable.
Artwork 4 – Naturimpuls
Natural Impulse
Naturimpuls (natural impulse) is supposed to convey how artificial structures built by humans are often inspired by the beauty of nature. Artifical structures and spirals are used to create a shape that has been inspired by a feather or leafs. At the core is a a precious gem of nature.
Reflection
This project was not only a great learning lesson as far as Augmented Reality experiences go, it also taught me how much I am capable of in a relatively short amount of time thanks to true passion and dedication. Looking very forward to working on AR projects in the future.
Team
Dominik Hofacker
Experience Designer