Interactive Wallpainting in Singapore With Augmented Reality Story Inside: "The Great Story of The Infinite Drawing" By Elly Oldman
As part of the Singapore National Arts Council’s Arts in Your Neighbourhood initiative in conjunction with vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020, there is an interactive wall-and-floor painting displayed on a wall in Geylang Bahru, telling an augmented reality story. It is called "The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing" by a French artist named Loona, but you might already know her as Elly Oldman.
Elly Oldman began to draw The Infinitive Drawing on Instagram in April 2017. You can see it here: @theinfinitedrawing. It is > 13 meters long and carries on growing every week. The actual Infinite Drawing is very hard to display in real life given the length and width. Hence the wall mural was brought to life with the help of an augmented reality activity with additional animated illustrations by Singaporean artist Marina A @mrn.a
The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing was created to be an educational story, with an ecological and solidarity-based message: taking care of the environment and respecting the people around us is important. The story will be elaborated below.
The wall mural is interactive, and people will be able to scan parts with their smartphone to watch augmented reality videos. These videos will tell the quest of a little girl and her robot across various worlds, giving clues to understand the mystery behind the huge painting.
The app is part of The Great Story of the Infinite Drawing exhibition, supported and produced by Electroni[k], in coproduction with – Le Cube – center for digital creation, Stereolux and with the support of Artefacto.
According to Elly Oldman's website, the Great Story of the Infinite Drawing is the story of a little girl and her silly robot, and they go on an adventure together. One day as they are playing in the garden, a jar falls out from the sky and hits the robot on its head. Inside, there is a little goat who’s reading a book. The goat explains to the little girl that it's coming from another world where a villainous man, the Vile-Son-of-a-Prince, is devastating the environment. The Vile-Son-of-a-Prince reigns on a wetland once lush and flourishing. Unfortunately, after many years of neglect and abuse of its resources, the wetland is leaking and collapsing.
As the Vile-Son-of-a-Prince is pretty stupid and cannot find a way to fix the wetland, he has sent his soldiers into the other worlds to steal whatever they can to try to fill the holes in. Since then, it’s a catastrophe! The soldiers are removing bits and pieces from all the other worlds, people, animals, plants, landscapes, and then lock them into jars to fill the gaps of the wetland. But the wetland is made from Wetland Salt, not from the bits and pieces of the other worlds! So the repairs are useless, and the wetland carries on leaking on the little girl’s world. This is why the jar fell into the garden. Rescuing the wetland is now terribly urgent, or all the other worlds will disappear!
The little girl and her robot decide to follow the goat on a mission to stop the Vile-Son-of-A-Prince and save the wetland, restoring peace and preventing all the different worlds from collapsing. The wall-and-floor painting will include all the different worlds and the characters the two companions will meet during their adventures. In each world, they will have to solve a problem to progress in the story, until they finally meet the Vile-Son-of-A-Prince and rescue the wetland.
The wetland in distress I’m drawing in the painting is the symbol of the towns we live in, and the behavior of the Vile-Son-of-A-Prince is the daily incivilities we all face, being both responsable and suffering from them.
I want to thank the creation of the app and augmented reality! That helped to locate the spots in the drawing which are overrun by plastic, and by doing so, help the little girl, the robot and the little goat clean the wetlands.
In connection with The Infinite Drawing’s original Instagram account @theinfinitedrawing, I embarked on a massive treasure hunt in order to find all the people scattered across the wetlands since the Great Platastrophy.
Elly Oldman spend a lot of time drawing every day, and you can find her work on her various Instagram accounts @ellyoldman and @theinfinitedrawing, and also on her FB page @ellyoldman and her website www.elly-oldman.fr
If you happen to be in the vicinity, do not miss and check out this interactive wallpainting with an augmented reality story inside. It will be there from 12 November to 28 November 2020. The exact display is at Blk 70 Geylang Bahru which is actually also the Jalan Besar Town Council office (wall facing Geylang Bahru Road). Have fun !