As FX Networks prepares to debut its new X-Men-related TV showLegion on February 8th, an immersive art experience is being launched in New York along with five augmented reality murals which will be seen in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The three-day New York art exhibit, called "Legion Where?House," features original art by renowned artists. Additionally, exclusive art will be made available to fans in 56 comics shops throughout the U.S. From the FX press release: "Comic lovers around the country can access the headspace of one of the world’s most powerful mutants and embrace the fractured reality of this new original series through one-of-a-kind experiences presented by FX Networks."
The five augmented reality murals "will reveal the power of David Haller’s mind." Those who find the murals can download the Blippar app, "then aim and frame the art to watch the power of Legion come to life." The locations for the murals are: Brooklyn, NY at St. Nicholas Avenue & Jefferson Street; New York, NY at Bleecker Street & Carmine Street; Chicago, IL at W. North Avenue & N. Western Avenue; Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street; San Francisco, CA at Fillmore Street & Union Street. (You can watch the time-lapse video of one of the murals being created and used for the first time at the top of the article).
Launching Friday, January 27th, through Sunday, January 29th, the "Legion Where?House" art gallery "is inspired by the unpredictable world of Legion" and can be found at Villain warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. The art installations inspired by the series’ themes include:
- Forced perspective art piece by Michael Murphy
- Found materials installation by Clemens Behr
- Light and shadow installation by Kumi Yamashita
- Legion Key Art Mural by David Flores
- Multimedia installation inspired by the series
In addition, fans nationwide who want to take the art home can head to 56 participating comic book stores across the US for the limited edition posters being given away (while supplies last). For full details and locations, visit insidelegion.com/experience.
Legion comes from Noah Hawley and John Cameron (Fargo), the X-Men films' Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. The series is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and is "the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep.
David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
"A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture-perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists -- Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) -- open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities."