#StreetStories

Stirling – Starting Their AR Adventure

An Innovative City Art Trail and AR Experience to Blow Your Mind

Stirling has a rich heritage and we couldn’t wait to delve deeper into those little-known facts and stories through art and augmented reality. Street Stories Stirling is an innovative City Art Trail and Augmented Reality Experience that will blow your mind.

Featuring vibrant works of art across eight vacant shop windows, the ambitious project launched alongside the city’s Business Improvement District. Street Stories features a range of animated videos on each of the eight artworks, in an aim to revitalise the city and how it presents itself as it prepares to welcome shoppers back. Watch our short video below for just a taste of the Stirling installations and animations.

Street Stories ground-breaking Stirling installation showcases the work of a range of Scottish artists with work from Jacqueline Marr, Michael Corr and David Galletly to name a few. Each of their artworks is then brought to life with interactive Augmented Reality (AR) coming together to form a cohesive trail telling the stories of Stirling’s people, heritage and history via different artistic mediums such as mosaic, mural, digital, fluid and dance.

Artists Putting Stirling on the Map

The eight artists were chosen to participate following an open invitation to submit art celebrating Stirling with a focus on the artwork being capable of being brought to life via AR whilst holding its own relevant story.

One of those chosen was mosaic artist Rachel Davies whose work, exploring Scottish slate and stone, is featured on the windows of the former Calvary Fellowship in Stirling Arcade and tells the story of the building of Stirling Castle.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and to see my artwork larger than life on the city streets. I really enjoyed going round the trail and viewing the animations and hope others will find it fun too.”

Someone interacting with the AR art trail in Stirling, Scotland

Fluid artist Roisin McKenzie is delighted to see her paintings of the River Forth animated on the windows of BHS in Murray Place. She said:

I’m incredibly proud and honoured to have my work featured in this exciting and innovative project which is a great way to highlight the area’s artists. I was blown away by how huge and amazing my pieces looked on the windows. To see my artwork on that scale is incredible and the animation team have done such a great job.

I’ve had lots of positive feedback so far regarding Street Stories and how great all the windows look and a friend overheard a group saying what a difference it’s made already to Stirling which is fantastic.”

Alloa-based artist Michael Corr’s colourful mural of national poet Robert Burns has pride of place in the former premises of The Works on Port Street. He said: “I’m so grateful to showcase my art to a local audience thanks to Street Stories Stirling. It’s really cool seeing my work come to life and sharing some of Stirling’s Burns related history via the AR element. The art trail has created a really positive and inspiring change to Stirling’s city centre.”

one of the street stories artists Lou Carberry in front of her installation in Stirling

Forth Valley College art student Lou Carberry uses her personal experiences of issues such as mental health to create striking works of art in a range of mediums. Her ‘Reaching Out’ series of drawings, which feature a hand reaching out for help, are displayed in the windows of the Trophy Centre in Upper Craigs.

She said: “The project will make our city feel less broken after the year we’ve all had and it’s been such a pleasure to be a part of it. The team who put the artworks together are beyond amazing and seeing my work printed and animated in such a way is something I never imagined happening in my whole career – never mind right at the start of it.

I got emotional after seeing my work up on the old Trophy Centre and it shows just how far I’ve come not only in my artistic career but in my personal life too. Everything I create is about evoking a sense of emotion in the viewer and it created such a response for me.

Leading figurative artist Jacqueline Marr’s `Wings’ painting features on the windows of Designer Distinction in Murray Place. She said: “This is such an uplifting and exciting project for Stirling’s creative community and residents. The art trail is a great opportunity for residents to discover creative talents on their doorstop and learn about local history whilst inspiring and adding a sense of optimism to the High Street.

As a painter I aim to bring my subject to life on canvas and that is something the excellent team at Arch Creative have quite literally managed to achieve with the augmented reality experience. To see my Wings come alive and in flight is awe-inspiring. The animation echoes the realism I passionately produce with paint and has made me fall in love with my paintings on another level – a sentiment I hope others will share when discovering the project.”

The animations can be triggered by the free downloadable app to give visitors an insight into Stirling’s rich heritage and showcase the artists’ work in a way that hasn’t been seen before.

The Street Stories Stirling trail offers something for all ages to experience and enjoy.