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Monster 20m robot mural by UK artist Phlegm moves with AR app

Tamsin Rose, November 2, 2017 6:50PM Herald Sun

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Phlegm's moving mural. Picture: supplied media_cameraPhlegm's moving mural. Picture: supplied

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A huge robot has invaded an Australian suburban shopping strip and is coming to life with augmented reality technology.

The 20m street art mural was painted over seven wet and windy days by “introverted*” UK artist Phlegm and brought to life by a team of local AR developers in Melbourne.

Chapel Street Precinct Association President John Lotton said he found Phlegm’s intricate works on social media and wanted the community to experience it.

“He travels the world painting these types of murals and we simply sent him a message and said ‘Hey would you like to come to Melbourne and paint a mural for us?’” Lotton said.

“He came back with this amazing robot.”

One of Phlegm’s original sketches for the mural. media_cameraOne of Phlegm’s original sketches for the mural.

Phlegm is a world-known cartoonist, street artist and illustrator from Sheffield, known as England’s Steel City. Phlegm is notoriously secretive* about his work.

But it wasn’t just the job that lured Phlegm here.

“He just wants to produce his art and allow the public to determine* what he was trying to provide in that street art,” Lotton said.

“He said he’d prefer that everyone took out of it what they thought was there.”

Phlegm leapt at the chance to see his work take new life with augmented reality technology.

“He loved the idea. He was really keen to see what they would come up with, Chapel Street’s Mr Lotton said

“This was a great opportunity to showcase the possibilities of exciting new immersive* technology on the most iconic street in Australia, and to bring it to the public with interactive murals designed by amazing artists,” Augmented Reality Experts director Alec Villarreal said.

Phlegm working on the huge painting. media_cameraPhlegm working on the huge painting.

A time-lapse video of Phlegm painting over a week in July has been watched more than half a million times.

The public artwork is located on the side of the Love and Lewis building on Chapel St in Prahran, Melbourne.

GLOSSARY

  • introverted: shy
  • secretive: private
  • determine: figure out
  • immersive: able to be interacted with

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
 1. Augmented reality technology
Answer the five Ws and H (who, what, where, when, why and how) about this mural.

  • What is augmented reality technology? You may need to do some further research to answer this question.
  • How is augmented reality being used with this mural?
  • Other than the chance to paint his mural, what else encouraged Phlegm to come to Melbourne?

Extension: Time-lapse video
Explain how a time-lapse videos work.

If you have time-lapse applications on your school cameras, tablets or other technology take a time-lapse video of you completing an activity.
It could be a drawing or another piece of artwork or something else.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Digital technologies

 2. Your impression
UK artist Phlegm wants to allow the public to determine what he was trying to provide in his street art and take out of it what they thought was there.

Watch the time lapse video of the artwork being created.
Look closely at the final product.
What do you think he was trying to provide in his street art?
What did you take from it?
Write a paragraph of your impressions of this piece of art.

Extension: Intricate design
It was Phlegm’s intricate works that caught the eye of the Chapel Street Precinct Association President.

Create your own intricate piece of art work using a pencil.
Look carefully at all the detail that Phlegm has included in his mural and use it at inspiration to create your own intricate design.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, The Arts — Visual Arts

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Noun detective
How many nouns can you find in the article?
Find them all and sort them into categories.

Can you find any pronouns in your writing?

What are they?

Extension:
Add an adjective to describe each noun. Add two, three and four.
Can you add anymore before it starts to sound like too much?
Is there such a thing as too much description?

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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