SOURCE: 110 Stories

September 08, 2011 06:00 ET

Twin Towers App "110 Stories" Reimagines New York City Skyline; Now Available as a Free Download

Kickstarter-Funded Augmented Reality Project Allows a User to Locate the Former Site of the World Trade Center Towers, Render an Accurate Outline of the Buildings Into a Photo and Help Share Personal Stories of How the Towers Affected Their Lives

Phase II of 110 Stories Includes Creating a Series of 110 Physical Art Installations Around the City From Which Users Can "See" the Twin Towers in Wireframe Sculptures Placed at Iconic Vantage Points

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - 110 Stories' creator Brian August launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign in July of 2011 with the goal of creating an app that would let people use their mobile devices to rediscover lost viewpoints and share their memories about the 30+ years the Twin Towers stood in Lower Manhattan. Leveraging the power of crowdsourcing and social media, 470 backers donated $27,809, top members of the technology, art and business communities rallied behind the effort -- and two of the world's leading tech companies offered their assistance. In less than 60 days since inception, with Brian August's guidance, a team of developers in Germany and a volunteer army of 25 amazing NYC professionals, the 110 Stories team is proud to announce the availability of the app for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 at as well as the launch of the companion website at The app will be available on September 9 for Android phones version 2.3 and up.

The 110 Stories app helps users to orient their phones, locate the former site of the World Trade Center Towers, augment an accurate artistic outline of the buildings, take a composite photo and then share their stories on how the buildings affected their lives. Stories can be shared on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, +1 on Google and permanently on The website will be a repository for every story and all stories will be viewable on an interactive map. The first version of the app will function to a distance of about 35 miles.

"I'm a lifelong New Yorker, in love with the City skyline and obsessed with the lost iconography of the Twin Towers," said Brian August (Twitter: @brianaugust), creator of 110 Stories. "This app is mainly designed for those of us who lived with the Towers during their 30+ years. In presenting an artistic, accurate and agnostic rendering of the towers, the app subtly asks every user to comment on what this icon meant to them."

Originally, 110 Stories was conceived as a public art project, when Mr. August shaped a piece of copper tubing into a likeness of the Twin Towers and placed it on a rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn while observing the Manhattan skyline. The app evolved as a virtual means to deliver a similar experience to anyone with a smART phone. With the app launched, the 110 Stories team now hopes to place 110 public art installations at strategic locations from where the Twin Towers could have been viewed, all within a 40 mile radius of NYC. At each location, viewers will sit on identical benches. Placed between the viewer's line of sight and the former location of the Twin Towers, a wireframe structure will be created in the right size, place and orientation to artistically express the beauty and sheer size of the Twin Towers.

"110 Stories celebrates the life of the buildings while remaining extremely respectful to the enormously important remembrance of 9/11," continued Mr. August. "By eliciting these personal stories, I hope the app can become a home for memories that will increase in importance over time. It's a sociological blend of technology, art and history."

This project would not have been possible without the incredible contributions of a long list of individuals and companies that tirelessly worked to see 110 Stories through to completion, notably including: doPanic; i-NOVATiON GmbH; Antenna Software; Michael Liebow; Atlantic Metro Communications; Daniel Delaney; First-Person Communications; Pablo Quinteros; Prof. Jonathan Askin and BLIP; Kirsten Gronberg; Justin Cavin; Natalie Barratt; Culture Shock NY; Digital FlashNYC; The End NYC; Apple; Google, Kickstarter and each of the project's 470 Kickstarter backers.

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Contact Information

    Lane Buschel
    First-Person Communications
    (646) 279-4985