Lara Torrance

Nice to be Here, 2018

VR experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and Mobile VR

Nice to be Here is an immersive Virtual Reality experience designed to raise awareness of endangered species in New England.


In this virtual landscape you can find the 12 federally-listed species that are currently protected in New England: Canada Lynx, Eastern Cougar, Gray Wolf, Indiana Bat, Northern Long-eared Bat, Atlantic Coast Piping Plover, Red Knot, Roseate Tern, Bog Turtle, Northern Redbelly Cooter, Atlantic Salmon and a Karner Blue Butterfly.


I modeled these 12 animals and placed them in a virtual landscape that resembles the New England landscape. Whilst you move around this landscape you encounter these animals as if made form glass to represent there fragile status in the environment.




Artist Statement:


I am Lara, a multidisciplinary designer and a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, where I received an honors BFA in Graphic Design. My work is focused on using new and emerging technology in playful, social, and non traditional ways.


Having mastered the full Adobe Suite curiosity took me to took me to Cinema 4D, Rhinoceros 3D and Blender to further develop my 3D and Motion Graphics skills. Not only do I want to make things move, I want to make things interact, so programming was the next step - learning Unity3D and Xcode in order to code and create Augmented & Virtual Reality experiences.


This has opened the doors to my new found love for creative technology. I work towards strong concepts backed by the robust technological solutions and away from acts of spectacle & tech for tech sake. I am a passionate individual with a strong work ethic and desire to learn. 

If you are interested in exhibiting or viewing this artistic VR experience, please send an email to us.