Lulu Sweet: A Gold Rush Tale in 8 Acts

Lulu Sweet: A Gold Rush Tale in 8 Acts (2014) is a location aware walking tour app situated on the Fraser River, re-imagining the life of Gold Rush actress Lulu Sweet, for whom Lulu Island (Richmond, BC) was ostensibly named.

Using animations, archival imagery and sound, panoramas, and 19th century newspapers,  the artists Faith Moosang and Deanne Achong take viewers on a journey from New York in 1850 through the jungles of Panama, to the mining towns of California and the outposts of colonial England, ending in the footlights of the Gold Rush stages of San Francisco.

There are nine gps activated hot-spots, each taking you back to a different moment in time, from 1850 to 1863.  Lulu takes the stage at the tender age of ten in the rough mining town of Hildreth’s Diggings, California; shares the stage with the notorious Adah Menken in San Francisco;  is managed by desperate swindlers and hot-headed gamblers. All of this is set against the backdrop of the Fraser River itself, upon which she and Colonel Richard Moody (the officer charged with surveying the region) sailed in 1861, the ‘moment’ when the island received its name.

The iPhone version of the app is available for download on the iTunes store and is available for Android on the Amazon app store.  Boths apps are free. The iPhone version of the app operates either on site – along the Fraser River near the Richmond Olympic Oval grounds – or remotely. The Amazon App operates remotely.

If you do not have a smartphone, devices are available to borrow from the City of Richmond. Contact Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner at efiss@richmond.ca to arrange their use.

Lulu Sweet: A Gold Rush Tale in 8 Acts was created as part of a public art commission from the City of Richmond and was created by the artist team of Deanne Achong and Faith Moosang.

More information about the entire project can be seen here:  http://lulusuite.ca