Jodie Kidd opens the ‘My Little Pony’ RA Trail at the National Gallery

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Visitors to the National Gallery in London will be able to transform ten of the museum’s most famous horse paintings into portraits of My Little Pony, thanks to an augmented reality (AR) program called Pony Trail.
To mark the upcoming release of “My Little Pony: A New Generation” on Netflix, the gallery is offering visitors the chance to turn equine classics, including “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs and “Horse Frightened by Lightning” by Theodore Gericault into Sunny Starscout, Izzy Moonbow and friends from the new movie in a fun and educational interactive journey for families.
“I am so excited to be a part of this magical initiative at the National Gallery,” says Jodie Kidd, who comments on the ten paintings in the app. “There are so many timeless masterpieces on display at the Gallery and this wonderful app does a fantastic job of making them even more accessible and entertaining. Provide kids on an exciting scavenger hunt to discover the characters, crystals and magical lands of “My Little Pony” and discover classic works of art along the way. I was raised around horses and loved My Little Pony from a young age so it was a childhood dream come true providing the reviews on the app, and I look forward to visitors start to discover Sunny, Izzy, Pipp, Zipp, Hitch and his friends hidden among the masterpieces!
The AR app, free to all visitors and accessible via QR codes in the gallery, will use image recognition to instantly augment ten paintings of iconic horses in the next generation of land ponies, unicorns and Pegasi, all animated by children’s artist Rachael Saunders.
The new virtual artwork will feature original commentary from stars of the upcoming film, offering fun greetings and facts straight out of the mouths of the horses.
The app, which is now live, will take visitors throughout the gallery using a digital map bringing the land of Equestria to life. They’ll be able to roam the gallery’s many rooms to find the ten magical canvases, with AR created by design studio Playlines, transforming life-size classics into modern works of art.
The ten “My Little Pony” paintings were created by Hampshire illustrator Rachael Saunders, who has previously illustrated book covers for the classics by Roald Dahl and Rudyard Kipling.
The ten National Gallery paintings that can be transformed through the My Little Pony Magical Gallery app are:

  1. “A rolling landscape with characters” by Aelbert Cuyp (1655-60) becoming “A magical landscape with ponies” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “A Landscape with Horseman, Herders and Cattle”, by Aelbert Cuyp (1655-60) becoming “A Cliff Face with Hitch Trailblazer and Bunnies” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Equestrian portrait of Charles I” by Anthony van Dyck (1637-8) becoming “Equestrian portrait of Izzy Moonow I” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Portrait of Frederick Rihel on horseback” by Rembrandt (1663) becoming “Portrait of Princess Pipp Petals” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “A horse frightened by lightning” by Jean-Louis-André-Théodore (1813-14) becoming “A pony adorned with lightning” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Ovid among the Scythians” by Eugène Delcacroix (1859) becoming “Pipp among the hills” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Don Quichotte et Sancho Panza” by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1855) becoming “Sunny Starscout and Zipp Storm” by Rachael Saunders

  1. Rosa Bonheur (1855) “La foire aux cheval” became “My Fair Pony” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Captain Robert Orme” by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) becoming “Deputy Sprout” by Rachael Saunders

  1. “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs (1762), becoming “Starscout” by Rachael Saunders

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