project leader
Anne W
Statues in all five boroughs of NYC
(Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island)
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Kicking Off!

the project

Beginning in March 2022, XRE (the Extended Reality Ensemble) will juxtapose digital sculptures of gender diverse figures against statues of men across the five boroughs of New York City. The interactive map available on XRE and Pollinate’s websites guides viewers to all virtual monuments shown in Augmented Reality. Using their smartphone screens, audiences can reveal the true face of the city.

We have the power to #MakeUsVisible

Collectively, XRE and Pollinate Art have launched three Augmented Reality art installations in 2021, drawing thousands of attendees to experience the work of hundreds of digital and traditional artists. Following the success of the Ars Electronica Festival Garden NYC, the Crypto Art Fair, and Miami Art Week, we are applying our experience and technology to engage the public in conversations about representation in the arts.


the steps

Once we have received the funds we will pay a total of 40 artists and contributors for their 3 months of tireless work to begin this conversation and implement it a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1000 each. If there are any remaining funds the remaining capital will be put towards a new project between XRE and Pollinate Art.

why we're doing it

New York City strives to be “the best place in the world for women to succeed.” Yet the 150 statues which occupy our public parks tell another story: 91% of them depict men.

Why is gender diversity shockingly absent from public sculpture?

By honoring the millions of people of marginalized genders living in our community, we can imagine and create new ways to be seen in New York City, transforming our public spaces into a reflection and representation of our diverse values.


31 AR artists (AR sculptures): $500 each (up to $1000 each)
3 sound artists (audio tour): $500 each (up to $1000 each)
Core team (organizers, program managers and curators): $500 each (up to $1000 each)
Remaining funds are used for a new project between XRE and Pollinate Art

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $1,000
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


Kicking Off!

#MakeUsVisible went live today and we are excited to invite you to explore 31 amazing digital sculptures and monuments – either in NYC or in the town/city you live in. Please share your videos and photos with our hashtag and feel free to tag @xrensemble ! Together we can reimagine our public spaces and create a new balance. And we can't wait to see the statues travel around the globe!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Ashley L.
  • randy p.
  • Andrew B.
  • Cody E.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Charlie MacCall
  • Elise Stone
  • Anonymous