The City of Eugene Parking Services program continues its partnership with Wordcrafters in Eugene, selecting a new set of short theater works for display in the Overpark Garage’s west stairwell starting July 20.
Each panel will include an augmented reality component—augmented reality is an emerging technology that superimposes a computer-generated image over the view of the real world, providing a composite visual experience. The City of Eugene is pioneering the implementation of this technology in parking garage art. The Step Into Theater panels represent the third installation of a four-part series. In December, Step Into [Augmented Reality] Poetry was installed in the Overpark Garage’s north stairway. This June, Step Into [Augmented Reality] Stories was installed in the garage’s south stairway.
“The theater panels showcase a new dimension of our community’s written, artistic, and technical talents, making the parking experience engaging and fun,” says Jeff Petry, Parking and Technology Manager for the City of Eugene.
In addition to augmented reality features, the new theater panels include wayfinding information that reflects and reinforces the new Downtown Wayfinding plan, which will help unify signage throughout the area and contribute to a more enjoyable downtown experience.
The augmented reality features are viewable through a smartphone app created by local startup, Glimmer Tech. Download the app on your phone’s browser, or visit your phone’s app store and search for GlimmerXP. Signs located in the stairwells will provide visitors with further instruction.
- Where: Overpark Garage, 960 Oak St., Eugene, OR 97401 on the southwest side ground level breezeway.