AR New Year Fireworks

AR New Year Fireworks by Dunaway Smith

I created these AR fireworks in celebration of the new year. Happy 2021, everybody! I struggle with accurately describing these AR experiences. This piece is sort of a party popper meets countdown meets fireworks display. It’s my new year gift to you. Try it out! You might also enjoy the AR snowflakes I recently made. They use a similar technique.

I don’t even know what to say about this wild year. It’s been a hell of a ride. I think we can all agree, its final curtain is something to be celebrated. Clearly, there is still tons of stuff to fix in 2021, but I feel like a fresh start, even a symbolic one, will be helpful. The world needs a hot shower and a fresh set of sheets.

May you feel refreshed and ready for action in 2021!


The piece begins with a countdown. Radiating blips shoot toward you. At the stroke of zero, a night sky explodes into existence. Party poppers float in the sky, waiting to be ignited. On tap, they explode into a firework display. If you get close to the stars, they get pulled into your gravitational field and begin to orbit around you indefinitely. 


I created the AR fireworks with a combination of Adobe Aero, Procreate, Adobe After Effects, Blender, Photoshop, and Illustrator


Explosion Soul by Nangdo

Setting up the augmented reality scene in Adobe Aero