This week, throngs of celebrities, philanthropists, and political leaders gathered on Liberty Island in New York Harbor to celebrate the opening of the new Statue of Liberty Museum, a whopping $100 million publicly funded project that took more than two years to complete. Ever the philanthropist, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg played a prominent role as the chairwoman of the fundraising campaign for the new museum-but she didn’t stop there. Furstenberg teamed up with Apple CEO Tim Cook to brainstorm an innovative way in which visitors to the museum-and especially non-visitors-can experience Lady Liberty. The result? An augmented-reality app and podcast miniseries narrated by Furstenberg herself.
If you’re not familiar with augmented reality, AR takes digital objects and puts them in your real-world environment (Apple, of course, helped bring AR technology to the masses). And the Statue of Liberty app has AR features you won’t want to miss.
Access to the statue’s torch was closed in 1916, but the app’s panorama feature allows you to experience the view of the island and surrounding cityscape (hello, downtown Manhattan) from the exclusive vantage point of the torch. You can also explore the making of the statue-like her trussed iron tower framework, designed by Gustave Eiffel-and a historical time-lapse video, shot from the viewpoint of the statue’s crown, that shows how New York’s skyline has changed over the past two centuries. Plus, the DVF-narrated podcast miniseries showcases often-untold stories behind America’s most iconic landmark.
Download it now to experience the Statue of Liberty in all its glory, whether you’re a brief ferry ride away or on the other side of the globe.
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