Barnes on the Block party highlights Mural Arts' latest augmented reality project

Barnes of the Block begins Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Parkway.

Justin Udo
October 01, 2018 - 6:24 pm
"Dreams, Diaspora and Destiny" mural

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Barnes on the Block is back again, this year with food trucks, dancing, a beer garden, plus a new visual art experience by Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday at 20th and Callowhill streets, the pay-as-you-go block party from 4 to 8 p.m. features music by DJs Rich Medina and King Britt, the later who recently co-created an augmented reality mural called "Dreams, Diaspora and Destiny" for Mural Arts.

"The mural has been changed through the augmented reality, where it becomes three-dimensional," explained Kathleen Greene, curator of public programs for Barnes Foundation. "It becomes an interactive experience with the headset on."

Greene said the free event is also a chance for the Barnes and Mural Arts to show off a first-of-its-kind artwork.

"It's going to be a very fun, artistic, playful day at the Barnes, fully activated with performers of all different types," she added.

The actual mural is located near 53rd Street and Lansdowne Avenue in West Philadelphia, displaying a painting of a girl who is radiating patterns. But when the viewer sees the mural through augmented reality via an app, the image begins to move.

The same image and its augmented reality features will be on display at the block party.

"Part of the mural actually come up off the wall," Greene continued, "so it really transforms it into a physical experience where you are locked into this make-believe world that shifts the way the mural is presented."

A panel with Britt and other artists will discuss the idea of legacy from both a conceptual and practical view.

For a full list of activities for the day, visit