Tunnel Vision: A borderline mural project at MIT campus

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During the 2017 spring semester a group of students organized to design and paint interactive murals covering a 200-foot long stretch of wall in the tunnel system located under the campus of MIT.

The interactive portion comes in the form of augmented reality where passersby can use their phone to see secret animations within each mural. The tunnel is a commonly used route between MIT Buildings 66 and E17 during bad weather. The tunnel is a useful connection between point A to point B, but Borderline aims to make it a destination.

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The murals have been dreamed up by over twenty-five MIT-affiliated artists. Artists painted murals throughout the duration of the project. The goal is to have one large, woven-together mural by May.

The magic comes in the form of augmented reality. Murals have an AR integrated component that can be accessed by viewers through a mobile phone app.

This project is funded by Council of the Arts. Special thanks to Sam Magee.

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