OSSINING, N.Y. -- A new app has been created to allow people to enjoy the sculptures throughout Ossining as part of its bicentennial celebration.
The Ossining in 3D app takes users on a virtual tour of the bicentennial sculpture exhibit narrated by the artists themselves. The app is currently available for download in the iTunes store.
“Ossining in 3D” is a public arts exhibition created as part of the Village’s yearlong bicentennial celebration. The pieces, located along a 1.5-mile walking route, will be on display until Oct. 26. The new walking tour app includes audio commentary for each piece, allowing users to interact with and experience the exhibit in a deeper and more engaging manner. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The app was created by Ossining resident Eric Feinstein, who runs Otocast. Feinstein compared it to having an audio tour at a museum.
Feinstein decided to create the app when he realized how fortuitous it was to have the sculptures in his backyard.
"When you walk through Ossining, you realize how much history there is," Feinstein said. "It's about time Ossining gets its due.
The app should help Ossining's downtown, as Feinstein believes it will have more people spend more time in the village.
Feinstein said he enjoyed interviewing the artists and getting a deeper perspective on their artwork.
"I didn't want them to just read their artist statement or tell me what it means," Feinstein said. "That should be in the eyes of the beholder, and they appreciated it."
Feinstein, who works in digital media and technology, is hoping to expand his technology beyond Ossining, using it for tours of New York City or anywhere in the country. The Ossining app has even been downloaded in places like Tennessee and Florida.
The app also has advertisements from Keenan House, Boathouse and Teatown. Locally, Feinstein would like to develop apps for other Hudson River towns or for a Mad Men tour in Ossining.
"This makes more people aware of where they live," Feinstein said. "People should appreciate their own area and often people don’t.
Village Manager Richard Leins said this enriches life in Ossining.
"We look at it as an opportunity to partner with people and get the word out about things happening here," Leins said. "It's very impressive to see local residents getting invested in things going on here."