Client: The Works, an Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Prehistoric History in Augmented Reality

Origami Interactive created a 3D Mastodon in Augmented Reality that brings history to life at The Works, an Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology.

Mastodon Case Study

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology

Client Problem:

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is an interactive museum for families of all ages! Experience central Ohio's best destination for hands-on discovery with local history, art, science, and glassblowing. While shut down during the global pandemic, The Works was exploring options to engage its audience and stakeholders in nontraditional ways.

Origami Interactive Solution

Drawing inspiration from Licking County’s Burning Tree Mastodon, which is housed and on display at The Works, Origami Interactive designed a 3D augmented-reality experience. Simply by scanning the QR code to load the 3D Mastodon on your smart device, users can project and rotate the Mastodon to take a 360° view of what the Mastodon may have looked like over 11,000 years ago.

Additionally, users can click the 3D-cube to place the model into their own environment -- allowing one to scale the Mastodon big or small, and walk around the 10-foot-tall, 10,000-pound beast as if it were right beside you. Cyanna Education Services and Origami Interactive were proud to donate this project to The Works and are committed to furthering engaging, interactive education for students of all walks of life.


The mastodon in augmented reality enables any history buff, tech enthusiast, student, or visitor of The Works to experience a 3D American Mastodon on their smartphone or iPad, anywhere in the world. The Works experienced an increase in social media engagement with mastodon content, while maintaining communication and interactivity with their constituents even when closed for the global pandemic.