Woman on an island

Illustration, “Woman on an Island,” mixed media on watercolor paper, originally commissioned by MS Magazine, exhibited in “I cannot heave my heart into my mouth” CU Denver Faculty Show, Emmanuel Gallery, Jan-Feb 2020


Installation, “Evolutionary Birds,” Republic Plaza, Denver, Co. papier mache and Japanese paper, variable dimensions to 20″, curated by Andra Archer

My Body My Temple

becky_bryan_posingmodelTracing a cross-functional team’s design process, this paper focuses on the development of a mobile Augmented Reality game (AR) app and the corresponding sculptural markers located in Centennial Park, on the grounds of the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Designed primarily for children, the game Pygmalion’s Challenge, by Bryan Leister and the author, Rebecca Heavner, is based on the treasure of the Delian League, a fifth century association of Greek city-states who met in the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. To unlock the central treasure, players must move in and around the grounds between sculptural markers and the Parthenon to collect coins. Those who score higher will burn more calories. Using a virtual key, animated characters are unlocked from each sculptural marker and players have the opportunity to pose with the virtual characters and share photos with friends on social media. Combining a software design process with a landscape design process, the designers investigate the critical relationship between the body and landscape through the use of media and the landscape. In the design process the capabilities of the media influence design and contribute to the experience of gameplay and place. What factors play a role in the analytics of this game? How can development methodologies, first used in software engineering and in this process, add discourse to landscape design thinking?
Keywords: Augmented Reality, Landscape Design Process, Agile Development, and Gaming Analytics

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Frogs are known to be bio-indicators or an indicator species; their health can serve as a biological warning sign for the overall health of the environment in which they live. Traversal is an interactive sculpture inspired by several ponds: a forbidden pond of my youth and a pond in my back yard in Virginia. On a summer night, frogs would chirp. In desperation to be close to them, I would grab a flashlight and scramble outside to find them. In this collaboration with Bryan Leister, animated frogs swim, controlled by a sensor and infared light in a flashlight. Several flashlights used simultaneously can cause the frogs to become agitated, creating an environment of empathy for the animations.



molded paper pulp, cheesecloth, glue, ink

exhibition: April 22- May 31, 2014

Walker Fine Art, Denver, Colorado

One Three Dimensional Chair Process

-In the field, I have been designing, constructing and finishing a metal sculpture, a new body of work. The work is collaboration in both concept and form.

An augmented sculpture by Becky Heavner and Bryan Leister. One Three Dimensional Chair is both real and virtual, the steel sculpture and printed pattern is an abstract exploration of form. These patterns trigger an image of a virtual chair on a mobile device or tablet when the iOS or Android application below is installed. When the pattern is recognized by the application, a ‘real’ chair will appear in context to the space and can be interacted with.

Like Kosuth, we question the representation of things. The chair is an object, a description of properties and an instance of the object. In code, the chair is a collection of deconstructed one-dimensional parts as it is in reality. The internal logic of the form is mapped on the form itself. The patterns are tracings by virtual entities or agents who travel around the form, leaving a record of their path. The viewing device uses this record to display a form to the viewer that can be further manipulated and augmented with virtual living beings.

media: steel, iOS, Android, completed 2013