The printing of the mural was made possible from funding through generous contributions by faculty at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. I have not yet had a chance to thank Sharon Irish and Jon Gant in person.
Although installed, the official unveiling is awaiting my integration of the Augmented Reality component.
I am very excited to see this finally reach fruition. My additional thanks to Kevin Hamilton, who really served as the restless force behind this entire project. And last but not least, thanks to my teammates Danielle Sheppard, Pat McPherson and Hugh Sato for their inspiration and many hours of contribution.
The east wall of the hallway leading to the beauty and beauty salon at the Rose & Taylor Barbershop on North First St., Champaign, IL. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hamilton.
The empty space will eventually be filled with a bulletin board for the community to use for posting. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hamilton.
The printed-on-vinyl mural represents a collection of photographs overlaid on Sanborn maps.
The photographs are meant to be settled into an unraveling scroll that is intertwined in the history of the area.
Augmented Reality will be used to engage the patron with another perspective of the history by allowing for the original image to be viewed, as well as linked to a website, created by Noah Lenstra, for curating the local history of the community.
The official unveiling will be scheduled once the Augmented Reality component has been tested and confirmed working.