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Seeing the Invisible (Now on View at Historic Spanish Point campus)

September 25, 2021 through Summer 2023
Historic Spanish Point campus

Please read ALL of the information below regarding downloading the app and helpful tips to plan your visit to  Seeing the Invisible: An Augmented Reality Contemporary Art Exhibition

Seeing the Invisible at Selby Gardens

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology continues at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus!  Seeing the Invisible: An Augmented Reality Contemporary Art Exhibit features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR.

The first exhibition of its kind to be developed as a collaboration among botanical gardens around the world, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring, with support of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

Visitors engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets.

Detail image of Sigalit Landau, Salt Stalagmite #1 [Three Bridges], 2021

Sigalit Landau, Salt Stalagmite #1[Three Bridges], (detail), 2021

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Download the Seeing the Invisible app on your phone or tablet before you arrive onsite. You can search for the app in your device’s store, or use the following links:



NOTE: the app will work only on the following devices:

  • Apple devices with software version IOS 11 and above. The recommended Apple devices are iPhone X or above
  • Android devices with software version 9.0 (Pie \ API 28) and above. The recommended Android device is Samsung Galaxy S9 and above
  • iPads or tablets with similar specs

PLEASE NOTE: The app can be downloaded on phones older than iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, but the user experience may not be optimal.


To save time upon your arrival, we highly recommend downloading the app at home in advance or on-site at the time of your arrival. Our team will be available to help walk you through any troubleshooting that may be needed on-site.

Technical requirements for your device:

  • 4GB of available memory
  • Must be connected to the internet (either Wi-Fi or cellular data will work)
  • Download the app on a fully charged device
  • Allow the app to access location, camera, and microphone


Seeing the Invisible is an immersive, augmented reality contemporary art exhibition.  To get the most from your experience, we recommend the following:

  • Download the Seeing the Invisible app in advance on your phone or tablet
  • Arrive with your device fully charged and bring a portable backup battery
  • Bring compatible headphones, as several of the works in the exhibition include sound
  • Allocate one to two hours to fully experience the entire exhibition
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes (tram service is available; however, it does not follow the exhibition route in full, so you will need to walk to experience several of the works of art)

Seeing the Invisible has simultaneously premiered at:

  • Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, Colorado, USA)
  • Eden Project (Cornwall, England)
  • Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, Florida, USA)
  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada)
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens (Cranbourne, Australia)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens (Melbourne, Australia)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (San Diego, California, USA)
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens (Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Seeing the Invisible will feature AR works by the following artists:

  • Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing, China; lives and works in Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Germany)
  • Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey; lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
  • El Anatsui (b. 1944, Anyako, Ghana; lives and works in Nigeria)
  • Ori Gersht (b. 1967, Tel Aviv, Israel; lives and works in London, UK)
  • Isaac Julien CBE (b.1960, London, UK; lives and works in London, UK)
  • Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, Dubai, UAE; lives and works in Dubai, UAE)
  • Sigalit Landau (b. 1969, Jerusalem, Israel; lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Daito Manabe (b. 1976, Tokyo, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan)
  • Sarah Meyohas (b. 1991, New York City, USA; lives and works in New York City, USA)
  • Mel O’Callaghan (b. 1975, Sydney, Australia; lives and works in Paris, France)
  • Pamela Rosenkranz (b. 1979, Switzerland; lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Timur Si-Qin (b. 1984; lives and works in New York City, USA)
  • Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark; lives and works in Berlin, Germany)

Lead Sponsor

Gulf Coast Community Foundation