This project was inspired by the cathedral-like nature of the space. Computer-generated rose blossoms and animated arabesques were projected as a kind of dynamic ceiling fresco across the Archway’s span, evoking Neo-baroque aesthetics of illusionism, spectacle, and the sublime. Camera Rosetum was cited among the Public Art Network’s ‘Top 50 Best Public Art Projects of 2009.’
Traditionally, ornamental art is thought of as a stylized representation of nature used to adorn architectural space. Our contemporary experience of the urban environment is increasingly mediated by video screens, both immersive and personal in scale. Computer animation and video projection can transform such spaces, creating temporary zones of contemplation within the flow of media spectacle.
The ‘rose’ as a symbol is seductive, beautiful, and kitschy … but ubiquitous across time & cultures in its cultivation. Here it serves as a central motif in the creation of a digital ‘grammar of ornament’, and as a reflection upon the relationship between technology and nature.