Dec 2018

A Manawatū artist is thinking outside the box to raise money for an operation for her daughter. 

Janet Collenette is desperate for her daughter Amy, 16, to get a second cochlear implant, which comes at a cost of $60,000. Amy lost her hearing after a serious bout of meningitis that nearly killed her when she was 2. She is profoundly deaf, but has had one implant funded by the government. Collenette has painted a mural on the side of Palmerston North Library on George St. Using an app called Layar, people can scan the mural with their phones, creating an augmented reality video on their screens. Aware that many people will unfamiliar with augmented reality, Collenette has included instructions on the mural. "I think this might be the first augmented reality mural in Palmy," she said. 

Janet Collenette

Collenette thinks her mural is the first in Palmerston North to involve augmented reality

Janet Collenette

Collenette wants Amy to get her second implant as soon as possible. The public can also download the mural design from Collenette's website for $2. All money raised from the augmented reality images will go towards funding her daughter's cochlear  implant.  She is also selling prints of her original artwork to raise funds. Collenette said having an implant in each ear would drastically improve Amy's quality of life, helping her to learn and improve her spatial hearing.

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