Politically-charged art has been cropping up in provocative locations around the world over the past few weeks. An immigration-themed installation near the Statue of Liberty and a floating sculpture along the Rio Grande that memorializes a woman shot by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent are among the works.

The art part of 4th Wall, a project spearheaded by artist Nancy Baker Cahill and her collaborators and billed as the first “truly interactive fine-art augmented reality experience that puts users in control of how, when, and where they experience art.”

Guerrilla street artists have always chosen provocative locations for their projects. Traditionally, creating a work of street art alters or defaces the surrounding environs. That act of alteration can be a powerful statement, but it’s also polarizing and can overshadow subtler messages an artist is attempting to convey.

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Works created on the 4th Wall exist in virtual reality and are freely accessible to anyone with a mobile device. They don’t physically alter or deface the surrounding environment, but the juxtaposition of the art and the surrounding area (the Statue of Liberty in the case of a piece by Debra Scacco and the site of a controversial shooting in the case of a piece by Beatriz Cortez, for example) lends emotional heft and new dimensionality to the viewing experience.

Cahill and her collaborators are conceiving4th Wall as a platform that can be used by artists freely and opens up historical and culturally relevant sites, turning them into canvasses.

Not all the art placed using the…

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