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Lafayette Participating in First-Ever, Transatlantic Collaborative Mural Project
Posted: 9/25/2017 9:00 AM
 


Lafayette, LA – The week of September 25, Lafayette will participate in a collaborative Smart Art project that will be featured at one of the largest Smart Cities events in the world, Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger, Norway. Microsoft’s General Manager of Government for the Worldwide Public Sector, Tim Turitto, will deliver the conference keynote presentation featuring Microsoft’s HoloLens, the first self-contained, holographic computer. During the keynote, two artists, one in Lafayette, LA and the other in Stavanger, will virtually collaborate on the first-ever, transatlantic mural project using the “mixed reality” goggles.

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG), LUS Fiber, CGI and the Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) have teamed up to support the Smart Art collaboration between Lafayette visual artist Cayla Zeek and Norwegian artist Hans Edward Hammonds. Utilizing the Microsoft HoloLens, provided by CGI, and LUS Fiber Internet, Zeek will paint her portion of the mural at LSM. A Microsoft videographer will capture Zeek’s process to be edited in with video footage from the Stavanger artist’s effort. The final video will be revealed at the Nordic Edge Expo. The mural is the only Smart Art project to be showcased in the keynote presentation.
 
“We are thrilled that Lafayette was chosen to highlight our creative and innovative culture on an international stage. As we continue to utilize LUS Fiber for our leadership role in Smart City initiatives, coupled with our ongoing focus on the creative economy through CREATE, I feel we are uniquely suited for this Smart Art project,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. “By partnering with CGI and LUS Fiber to utilize Microsoft’s HoloLens on a collaboration of this magnitude, Lafayette continues to be recognized as a technological leader.”
 
Director of LUS Fiber Terry Huval stated, “When LUS Fiber began, our goal was to build a smarter, more connected Lafayette. This collaborative project puts Lafayette technology and culture where it deserves to be, in a global arena. Our involvement reflects LUS Fiber’s commitment to supporting Lafayette’s cultural economy.”
 
According to Will LaBar, Vice President of CGI Federal, "We see technology as an enabler in the Smart Community space. The real focus is on citizens, government services and enabling connectivity. This has been an amazing opportunity to support a project that showcases how emerging technologies can facilitate these connections across citizens, cities and even more impressive, across the Atlantic."
 
The public is invited to watch the final painting efforts on Tuesday, September 26 at the Lafayette Science Museum. Zeek’s mural will become a part of the Virtual Reality exhibit at the museum after the event.
 
“I am excited to help bridge the gap between digital and traditional illustration. The HoloLens provides an incredible opportunity to collaborate in real time with other creators even on the other side of the planet, and I’m thrilled to help demonstrate how technology can enable new ways to beautify our city,” said artist Cayla Zeek.
 
Learn more about HoloLens: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens
Learn more about Nordic Edge Expo: https://www.nordicedge.org/
Learn more about Cayla Zeek, www.caylazeek.com