Royal Escape is a VR installation where users are transported to the middle of the ocean and can touch the virtual water. There is a physical inflatable boat that aligns perfectly with the virtual boat, and two large buckets on either side filled with beads instead of water. By attaching a Leap Motion to the VR headset, users can also see their own hands, which enhances the illusion and reality of the oasis. Classical music and the sound of birds emanate from the virtual ocean as the user sits back, relax and take it all in. The experience is ongoing and self-running so the users can guide themselves in and out of the headset at their own pace.
The Washington Square Park Arch was originally built to commemorate this country's founding fathers on the Centennial Anniversary of Washington's Inauguration. What better way to commemorate the founding mothers and fathers of the LGBT Civil Rights movement than to redecorate the arch for their own half-centennial anniversary.
This Projection Mapping on a scale size brings to life the past 50 years of queer history that has happened around the Washington Square Park Arch.
It is a symbol that has been there through it all: from the early marches to STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), the rise of ACT UP, the birth of voguing, the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, the loss of Pulse nightclub, the current discrimination against transgender men and women, and now the 50th Anniversary of that iconic summer night when queer people of all kinds fought back against a society that would not accept them.