Good Living VR

Good Living VR is a Birmingham 2022 Festival Commonwealth Games scalable 3D laser (TLS) scanned artwork Commissioned by Norton Hall and Dolphin Women’s Centre, to create an online and immersive Virtual Reality artwork. Our project will map trees at Ward End Park and Winterbourne House and Gardens to create a virtual park. In which we would digitally layer nature-based artworks based on people’s nature stories, co-produced by participants, and by indigenous artists from the commonwealth.

We invite the participation of contemporary indigenous artists from countries and through our partnership with the Biophilic City Network.

Salt Road lead artist Jaime Jackson is part of the BeFantastic Within fellowship program to find ways of using AI and Machine Learning to integrate TLS, motion caption, AV and Computer generated artwork.

We are working with Harry STEAMhouse at Birmingham City University on the VR aspect of the project

Terrestrial Laser Scan (TLS) fly through of ward End Park

It is a Salt Road project for Norton Hall made in collaboration with participants at Dolphin Women’s Centre as well as young people living in Ward End and neighboring areas in East Birmingham. As well as contemporary indigenous and biophilic artists.

Above images from Matt Disney (2019) showing various examples of Terrestrial laser mapped tree point clouds.

Participants will work with artists and scientists, including Professor Mat Disney from UCL, to create a virtual reality artwork work will include digital art and imagery of the trees in Ward End Park and other woodland and parks. It is a Biophilic (love of nature) city project, responding to the climate and ecological emergency.

Laser scanning team Wanxin Yang and Mat Disney (UCL), Jaime Jackson and Sally Payen (Salt Road) at Ward End Park, April 2022

Birmingham is the UK’s only city in the Biophilic City Network. Our project will map trees at Ward End Park to create a virtual park. In which we would digitally layer nature-based artworks based on people’s nature stories, co-produced by participants, and by indigenous artists across the commonwealth. Together they will create a Virtual Reality artwork, for exhibition in Ward End and Commonwealth games venues, where people can explore the trees on line or using a VR headset and discover the hidden artworks in the trees. Participants will work with the artists to co-produce 2D computer generated imagery and audio-visual artworks exploring their nature stories inspired by indigenous artists from across the commonwealth and beyond.