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Unique Art Installation Encourages Visitors to Speak to Friendly Sculptures

SoCal Artist Utilizes Mobile Technology to Create an Interactive Experience

 
PRLog - April 10, 2014 - RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Promoting art as a way to communicate with people around you, sculptor Nathaniel Osollo has created an art installation that allows people to interact with his pieces using mobile technology. Osollo’s installation All Real True (ART) Friends is comprised of three massive paper mache sculptures of friendly creatures with cell phones. Osollo worked with mobile technology experts at OnCell-TourSphere, a New York based company that specializes in mobile tour solutions. By leveraging OnCell-TourSphere’s signature tour builder, Osollo creatively augments his installation by allowing passersby to speak with the ART Friends on their individual cell numbers–encouraging them to chat about art, community, or their work day.

Osollo is one of many artists participating in ART MAKE, the Riverside Art Museum’s city-wide event that brings art into local communities. Created over a two-week residency at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, Osollo’s installation draws upon sequential art, comic books, manga, and graphic novels bringing his characters to life.

“ART Friends is designed to use art to encourage people in the community to engage with something new and different,” says Osollo. "We will very literally be using art to communicate with neighborhood residents and people passing by. The ART Friends' functioning phone numbers will allow anyone with a phone to talk with them. The ART Friends love to communicate and make friends with people. This project presents a positive message of connection and a challenge to anyone passing by.”

One of the main goals of ART MAKE is to allow the community to experience art directly by bringing it into their environment and encourage participation so residents can feel connected to the Riverside Art Museum on a different level.

Everyone is welcome to come by and chat with the ART Friends through May 17, 2014.

About Nathaniel Osollo
Nathaniel Osollo is an artist whose work focuses on communication and storytelling. Osollo's exploration of interactive art in the past had patrons correspond, using cell phones and mobile devices, with paintings in a private space. Other recent works include independently published comic books (Dark Mouse) and multiple exhibitions throughout Southern California, working independently and as a part of the art group Collaboration X.

About OnCell-TourSphere
OnCell-TourSphere provides a full range of mobile tour solutions integrated onto a single platform, a DIY app builder. With a variety of interactive services such as smartphone apps, mobile web apps, QR codes, audio tours, mobile surveys, GeoAlerts, and scavenger hunts, OnCell-TourSphere helps cultural sites
and organizations become mobile-friendly to meet the needs of the growing mobile audience. As mobile communication experts who are passionate about the arts and education, the OnCell-TourSphere team has worked on over 1,200 projects both in the U.S. and internationally since its inception in 2006.

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Monica Barndt
(585) 419-9844
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Last Updated:Feb 24, 2015
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