What is augmented reality? 

Augmented reality allows you to see the natural environment with a digital overlay using your device’s camera. For Canal Convergence you will be able to “see” artists talking about their work, go on virtual tours, and discover hidden animations.  

What will I see? 

The experiences vary from animations to photos. Most of the experiences include a short (1-2 minute) video presented by artists, staff, or experts that share information the artwork or area you are in. You may need to move your camera around throughout the experience.  

You can take photos during the experience. Either use your phone’s screen capture feature or take a photo within the app using the camera icon.  

Where can I find the AR experiences? 

Look for QR codes on signs placed near artworks in and around the Scottsdale Waterfront and Old Town. Hover your phone’s camera over the code to start the experience.  

You can also see many of these AR experience from home. Visit canalconvergence.com/virtual-convergence and look for the QR codes.  

What will I seehear, or do while using AR?  

  • Across the Divide by Casey Farina: A short video by artist Casey Farina discussing his inspiration for this work.  
  • Fences by Immerge InteractiveMeet artist Nicolas Lavella and hear about his inspiration for this installation.  
  • Hidden Garden by Koros DesignStep inside the artists’ studio by entering a virtual portal to see the tools used to create Hidden Garden
  • Information Flow by Justin Winters and Walter ProductionsMeet artist Justin Winters as he shares his inspiration for this work.  
  • Kukulkan’s Portal by Abram Santa Cruz / Liquid PXLSee artist Abram Santa Cruz share about the inspiration and symbolism of this artwork.  
  • Massively Distributed by MASARY Studios: Meet the team that created this work.  
  • Together! Responding to COVID-19 by OGE GroupAs you approach the work, you will be able to see a bulletin board of messages of hope from the community.  
  • Something in the Canal by Phoenix College: By hovering your phone’s camera over the pedestal, you will see animations of different fish that live in the canal.  
  • SRP History Tour by SRP: Look for ground stickers along the western loop (from Marshall Way Bridge to Soleri Plaza) of the Scottsdale Waterfront to unlock information about the history, design, and architecture of the canal presented by Jim Duncan and historians from Salt River Project.  
  • Bronze Horse Fountain by Bob Parks: Meet Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Arts, as she shares the stories behind these iconic horses. 
  • Diamond Bloom by Curtis PittmanMeet artist Curtis Pittman as he shares his inspiration for this public art sculpture. 
  • Horseshoe Falls by Michael Maglich: Meet Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, as she shares some fun facts about the symbolism of this work and invites you to interact with it. 
  • LOVE by Robert IndianaMeet Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, to learn the history of this iconic piece from the collection. You can also see examples of LOVE from around the world. 
  • Knight Rise by James TurrellView a time-lapse video of the changing sky as seen through Knight Rise 
  • One-Eyed Jack by John Randall Nelson: Meet artist John Randall Nelson as he shares the story behind why this location is so significant him and the Scottsdale contemporary arts scene. 
  • Passing the Legacy by Herb MigneryMeet Mark Reynolds, captain of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Hashknife Posse, to learn about the historic route that is recreated annually and culminates at this public art piece inspired by the historic Pony Express. 
  • Soleri Bridge and Plaza by Paolo Soleri: Meet staff from Cosanti Foundation to learn about the layered symbolism of Soleri Bridge and Plaza. Virtually visit the historic studios of Paolo Soleri, Cosanti, and Arcosanti, and explore 3-D animations and time-lapse videos of this work. 
  • Traceries by Mary Bates NeubauerMeet artist Mary Bates Neubauer as she shares the story behind these beautiful waste and recycling bins. 
  • Windows to the West by Louise NevelsonTaking care of public art is a full-time job. Meet Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, as she shares the history of this piece and the work it takes to keep this art from going to the birds. 

How do I install the app?  

First, you need an AR-capable device (iPhone 6s or higher, for example) and should be up to date on software, i.e., at least iOS 13 or Android 7.0.  

Next, download the Hoverlay app OR open your device’s camera and hover over the QR code below. You can also open your device’s browser, e.g., Chrome, Safari, etc. and go to https://hoverlay.io/CanalConvergence to download the app directly. 

What kind of device do I need? 

You will need a newer phone, connected to Wi-Fi or a service provider, and with updated software, i.e., iPhone 6 or higher, with at least iOS 13 or Android with 7.0.  

Why can’t I hear anything? 

Make sure your phone is turned off from silent mode and turn up the volume. The AR is best experienced using headphones. 

How can I stop the video? 

Touch the screen and hit the pause button. Click the refresh arrow at the top to start over or refresh new content.  

How can I take a photo of the experience? 

You can capture photos by using the screenshot feature on your phone or clicking on the camera icon in the app. 

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Why can’t I see or hear anything? 

Did you hover your phone’s camera over the QR code, and open in Hoverlay? 


Did your camera open Hoverlay? 


Did you move your camera around? Sometimes the content is behind you. 


Did you refresh the app (click on the circle arrow in the top right corner)? 


Try closing the app (quit it entirely) and restart by hovering your phone’s camera over the QR code again. 

Still no? 

Hmmm, let someone at the Info Booth know and we’ll look into it!