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L.A. Mural of Dodger Star Features AR Movement

Shohei Ohtani swings and pitches when viewed through a smartphone camera.

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The Little Tokyo Historic District of Los Angeles is a popular and crowded location in the city, and its Japanese connection makes it the perfect place for Robert Vargas’ latest mural, featuring Dodgers player Shohei Ohtani, according to an article in Los Angeles Magazine

Vargas unveiled the mural just in time for the team’s 2024 season-opening game late in the month of March, and those who have seen it have responded positively to the 13-story, 150-ft.-tall graphic. 

When viewed through a smartphone camera, built-in augmented reality (AR) features appear to make Ohtani swing a bat and throw a pitch. To see the effect as captured on Vargas’ Instagram account, click here

“The inspiration for this mural really comes down to unity, bridging cultures, and representation,” Vargas is quoted by Los Angeles Magazine. “The mural’s really been able to speak to the greater Los Angeles area where everyone feels like they’re a part of it.” 

Click here to read the full article.

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