Q: What is Seeing the Invisible?
A: Seeing the Invisible is an augmented reality (AR) experience featuring 13 virtual artworks
sited throughout the outdoor spaces of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Seeing the Invisible
addresses themes of nature, environment, sustainability, and the intersection of the physical
and digital worlds. The artworks are appropriate for children and intended for all ages.
These artworks do not physically exist and can only be viewed during the daytime using the
Seeing the Invisible app on an Android or Apple smartphone or tablet. The experience is
included with admission.
For the best experience, the following is recommended before you visit:
- Download the app at home. (see the links below or scan QR codes)
- Charge your device and bring a portable battery if you have one; the app uses GPS and features detailed imagery which requires significant battery use.
- Bring your headphones or earbuds—some artworks have audio components.
- Make sure your mobile data is turned on.
Q: Is the app free?
A: Yes, it is available for free via the Apple app store and Google Play; downloading it at home
is recommended. The app may also be downloaded onsite at the Gardens via mobile data, but
please be patient as it may take several minutes.
Q: Are there device requirements to use the app?
A: As Seeing the Invisible is technologically demanding, the app requires a mobile data
connection and is compatible with devices that are 3 years old or newer.
Q: How do I use the app?
A: Discover artworks via an in-app map and notifications as you near an artwork site. Follow the
instructions to scan your environment and place the piece within its designated site, then watch
as a virtual artwork appears in front of you.
Q: Is the experience interactive?
A: Yes—many of the artworks are meant to be walked through and explored. AR experiences
can be distracting, so please be aware of plant life and other visitors around you.
Q: Can I take photos of the artworks?
A: Yes, you can take photos of the art, and your friends posing with the art, through the app.
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