Art Adventure Augusta Sculpture Trail Scavenger Hunt
By Brenda Durant
I love that we have the new Otocast App for the Augusta Sculpture Trail. I loaded the app on my phone when I was in Chattanooga at a Public Art Conference a few years ago and fell in love with the features. So, when the opportunity came up to have Otocast in Augusta, The Arts Council jumped at it. Otocast is a free app. You can easily find it in your app store or download it using the QR code on every sign on the Sculpture Trail. One of the best features is the option to stand in front of a sculpture and hear the artist talk about his/her piece. I love it!
Another cool feature is the ability to earn badges for completing downtown scavenger hunts. You can earn your first badge by visiting each sculpture in no particular order. This morning I got sick of waiting for a sunny day, so I donned my warm hat, gloves, and coat and headed downtown to try it out. I parked in a parking well on Broad Street, headed to the Common, and opened the Otocast App. I was invited to take on the scavenger hunt and joined with my Google account. I was on my way. As I paused in front of the sculptures on the Common, Otocast tracked my progress and encouraged me to keep on. It noted: “4 out of 10, keep going!” So, of course I did. I crossed Reynolds Street to see the two sculptures on 8th at the Riverwalk bulkhead stairs (6 and 10), walked up 8th Street to Broad and visited “Hello Maestro” and saluted “Orion” (7 and 8), then briskly walked down Broad Street to 11th to complete my trip. Yippee for me, I earned my first digital badge.
We will be releasing the next Badge Adventure in March, so get ready. I think this is a fun intergenerational activity and a fun one for weekend guests. The great news about this badge is Mommy does not have to sew it onto my Girl Scout sash… which was always a tense time in house!
Onward! And get out and enjoy the Augusta Sculpture Trail!