Coming to life: App reveals interactive murals in the Short North


COLUMBUS, Ohio — At the intersection of North High Street and Bollinger Place in the Short North, you may have seen larger-than-life murals full of color.

But there’s more to them than meets the eye.

With an app on your phone, the murals come to life with augmented reality — hummingbirds in flight, flowers and more coming off the walls.

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Eric "Zoueh" Skotnes and Ryan "Yanoe" Sarfati painted the three murals on the new Graduate Columbus hotel.

The project is called Journey. According to the Short North Alliance, the murals are designed to represent Columbus as a prosperous and welcoming city. One side of the building features a hummingbird and mythological figures. The other side features Hodan Mohammed, leader of the local Somali community organization Our Helpers and founder of the Columbus Somali Festival.

The app is called The Journey AR Mural. It works simply by holding up your device to the mural for it to come alive.