Seeing the Invisible 

Explore the free exhibition. Download the app now.

Seeing the Invisible

On now until Friday 30 September 2022 

Seeing the Invisible, the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented for one year at 12 botanic gardens in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations.

Addressing themes of nature, the environment and sustainability, and exploring the boundaries and connections between art, technology and nature, the exhibition features 13 immersive virtual works by established and emerging artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, Sarah Meyohas, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Timur Si-Qin and Australia’s Mel O’Callaghan.

Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, this first exhibition of its kind fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

Seeing the Invisible is accessible via a smartphone and tablet through the Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play.

Download the app and start exploring the exhibition at Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens now.

Head to the Visitor Centre at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens to use the free phone charging station from Monday 8 November. Please see our friendly Visitor Experience Officers for further assistance.

Seeing the Invisible features AR works by the following artists: 

  • Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China 
  • Refik Anadol, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • El Anatsui, Anyako, Ghana 
  • Ori Gersht, Tel Aviv, Israel  
  • Mohammed Kazem, Dubai, UAE  
  • Sigalit Landau, Jerusalem, Israel 
  • Daito Manabe, Tokyo, Japan 
  • Sarah Meyohas, New York City, USA 
  • Mel O'Callaghan, Sydney, Australia 
  • Pamela Rosenkranz, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Timur Si-Qin, Berlin, Germany 
  • Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Denmark 
  • Isaac Julien CBE, London, UK

For more information about the artists and the exhibition, visit the global Seeing the Invisible website.

Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund and is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring. 

The AR exhibition is presented simultaneously at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne and botanic gardens in the USA, UK, Israel, South Africa and Canada. 

To stay up to date on all things Seeing the Invisible sign-up to our eNews below. 

Our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated about what's happening around the gardens.