We Are Royale, Artolution Bring Refugee Kids’ Art to Life in Animated AR Mural

Creative production studio We Are Royale has partnered with Artolution, an international community-based public art organization, to bring its latest public mural to life with augmented reality. Located in New York City’s East Village, the mural highlights the stories, struggles and dreams of immigrant and refugee youth seeking safety in the United States.

Fifteen teenagers and children from Central America created original artwork for the mural under the mentorship of Artolution artists. The project provided an educational and therapeutic experience for the children, who are clients of KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), a non-profit that provides pro-bono legal services to unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

The AR experience launched during a public event on August 28 in front of the mural, located on the Key Food supermarket on Avenue A. Using an iOS and Android compatible app (in English and Spanish), visitors can hold their smartphones up to view the mural, and the characters in the artwork will emerge from the wall, moving and dancing — and learn more about this meaningful initiative.

Artolution tasked We Are Royale with bringing vitality the youths’ art through animation and AR. The project marks the second partnership between Artolution co-founder Joel Bregner and We Are Royale, following the mural-based teaser campaign Amazon Prime Video series Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton.

“This project was an incredible experience for all of us who were involved,” said Bergner. “I enjoyed partnering with [We Are Royale ECD and Partner] Brien [Holman] and the whole Royale team as we guided our youth participants in the creation of their own characters, which were manifested through the mural, mask-making, and performance. The animation and augmented reality elements were especially exciting, as this is the first time that an AR mural has been created with youth, so we all had the sense that we were making history.”

For We Are Royale, this project brought together many of the studio’s skill sets and passions: contributing time and resources to social awareness projects, and fluidly designing for various mediums, from character and app design to UX and AR. To create the character animations, We Are Royale took inspiration from the video footage the team shot of the young artists doing their dance choreography at the close of the mural unveiling event last month.

“We wanted to faithfully recreate what the participants created,” said Holman. “While we provided some guidance on how best to design their characters for the animation and AR aspect of the project, the youth actually took the lead in directing us. Ultimately, this was about empowering them through art. It was amazing to see how everyone opened up in the process — and all the credit goes to Joel and his team at Artolution who dedicate their lives to making beautiful initiatives like this happen.”

Bregner concluded, “This creative platform that the project has given these young people is especially important given the challenges that they’ve faced fleeing from violence and conflict, and starting over in a new country. It’s critical that we create these opportunities for displaced children to build community, shape their own narratives, and begin the healing process after the trauma they’ve experienced. The arts and technology are powerful tools to achieve this.”

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Artolution

Artolution is an international, community-based public art organization based in New York City which seeks to ignite social change through collaborative art-making, bringing together diverse communities in the face of conflict and social exclusion in order to address the trauma and challenges that they face. www.artolution.org

We Are Royale is an award-winning creative production studio with offices in L.A. and Seattle. Founded in 2007, the company is known for its end-to-end creative solutions, diverse capabilities and fluency across platforms. www.weareroyale.com

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Pro-EU group unveils Soviet-style mural of Trump kissing ex-Mayor Johnson

A giant mural of Donald Trump locked in a kiss with former London mayor Boris Johnson in the style of a legendary Soviet-era image has been unveiled by a group campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union.

Painted on the side of a building in Bristol, southwest England – home of the celebrated graffiti artist Banksy – the image reprises a 1979 photograph of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker kissing, which was later turned into a mural on the Berlin Wall.

It was commissioned by pro-EU campaign group “We are Europe” as what they call a warning of things to come if Britons vote to leave the 28-member bloc on June 23, as advocated by both Johnson and Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate in November’s U.S. presidential election.

Johnson is the “Out” campaign’s best-known leader and Trump has said Britain would be “better off without” the EU, which he has blamed for Europe’s migration crisis.

The 15-foot (4.5 meter) mural is accompanied by the slogan “Not #IN for this?” and a plea for people, especially the young, to register to vote by a June 7 deadline.

“People need to look at this image and think – is this the future I want,” said Harriet Kingaby, a spokesperson from We Are Europe.

Galvanizing the youth vote is a key issue for the “In” camp. Surveys show young people are far more likely to be in favor of remaining in the EU but also much less likely to bother to vote.

A survey of 2,000 students this month found that 63 percent did not know the exact date of the referendum, while 54 percent were not aware it was being held in June.

(Reporting by Stephen Addison; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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Springfield, OR Unveils ‘Simpsons’ Mural

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The city of Springfield, Oregon just outside the state capital of Eugene yesterday unveiled a massive mural inspired by The Simpsons 25th anniversary in its downtown. Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, was on hand for the festivities and took part in a foot printing ceremony in front of the mural, which features the globally recognized cartoon family.

Smith noted that the show’s hometown was named Springfield primarily because it is such a common name for U.S. cities, but acknowledged series creator Matt Groening’s (who grew up in Portland, Ore.) 2006 reveal that it is mostly inspired by the North West locale.

“We have always said that Springfield is every town in America. But that is a dirty lie. Springfield is obviously in Oregon,” she said to the attending crowd.

The 15-by-30-foot mural was designed by 17-year show veteran Julius Preite and painted by Old City Artists, according to local newspaper The Register-Guard. The city is paying as much 10 grand for the public artwork, using revenue generated from hotel taxes. Rights owner Twentieth Century Fox is not charging a licensing fee for the piece.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: (L-R) City of Springfield, OR Communications Director Neil Laudati, Cast member Yeardley Smith and City of Springfield, OR Senior Analyst Courtney Griesel celebrate THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: (L-R) City of Springfield, OR Communications Director Neil Laudati, Cast member Yeardley Smith and City of Springfield, OR Senior Analyst Courtney Griesel celebrate THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Springfield, OR mural artists put the finishing touches on the new THE SIMPSONS mural celebrating THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY during the unveiling of the Simpsons mural dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Springfield, OR mural artists put the finishing touches on the new THE SIMPSONS mural celebrating THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY during the unveiling of the Simpsons mural dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: The city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on the downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The new Simpsons mural is unveiled in a public ceremony in downtown Springfield Oregon on August 25th, 2014. In attendance were city dignitaries, the general public, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith.

The new Simpsons mural is unveiled in a public ceremony in downtown Springfield Oregon on August 25th, 2014. In attendance were city dignitaries, the general public, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE SIMPSONS: Cast member Yeardley Smith and the city of Springfield, OR celebrates THE SIMPSONS 25th ANNIVERSARY with the unveiling of the Simpsons mural during a block party dedication ceremony on their downtown walk of murals on Monday, Aug. 25th. THE SIMPSONS ª and © 2014 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Is Walla Walla purple octopus mural art or a sign? (AP)

AP – The city of Walla Walla doesn’t like the mural of a giant purple octopus that was painted on the front of a downtown toy store. City Attorney Tim Donaldson said it violates the city’s sign code. He’s recommending that the city council take enforcement action. The owner of the Inland Octopus toy store, Bob Catsiff, said the mural is art, not a sign.
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