Thomas Crown Art – the first Augmented Reality (AR) art and street art gallery in the UK – has opened today, 6th February 2020 in Stirchley, Birmingham’s creative quarter, an area long dismissed as run down before improved transport links, a thriving independent scene and relaxed community vibe made it an epicentre in the UK’s second city.
Stephen Howes of Thomas Crown Art has commented how “When truly cutting-edge technologies – included augmented reality – and art collide, ground-breaking possibilities emerge and for the first time in the UK, this truly avant-garde creative phenomenon is showcased in a specialist space.”
Important to Britain’s art scene for three main reasons, the art-tech gallery houses some of the country’s most original and lauded graffiti and street artists who have been inspired by revolutions and by ideas that disrupt convention, such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies and activist groups, and Thomas Crown Art’s Tech expert and business analyst Ian Mcleod adds that “each piece of artwork is embedded with superior blockchain technology. In the AR world, you can explore and interact with art like never before in history. As such, the new art-tech gallery becomes a transformative artistic playground”.
In a world where tech is democratising art, the Thomas Crown Art gallery is a statement against the elite, symbolising how this like nowhere else in the UK.