Fractal Flowers 2008
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Embankments of the Cheonggyecheon River, Séoul, South Korea
2 videoprojectors, 1 infrared sensor, 1 PC
Software: Cyrille Henry
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Miguel Chevalier's Fractal Flowers, projected on the banks of the Cheonggyecheonno River in Seoul, is part of his desire to introduce art into the public space. The Seoul City Hall, which commissioned this work, is undertaking an innovative cultural policy through the creation of permanent virtual reality installations, which make it a 21st century city. Currently projected over a length of 12 x 4 m, a study is underway to take this work to an even more monumental scale of 50 x 4 m.
Next to this rediscovered nature that is the Cheonggyecheonno River, an artificial nature comes to life at nightfall: the Fractal Flowers. These giant fractal flowers are made up of different colours and shapes and are generated endlessly thanks to software written by Cyrille Henry.
Projected on the river's quays, these gigantic virtual plants proliferate on the surface of the stone. They are autonomous virtual seeds that are randomly born, grow, flourish and disappear to give way to others.
We are here in a half-vegetative, half-mineral universe, made up of wire structures that recall the facets of a diamond. These fractal flowers have both a real monumentality through their geometric shapes and at the same time an evanescent aspect. These flowers bend as if to bow to the walker and welcome him into the virtuality of this intriguing garden. They react to our movements thanks to sensors. In their generative and chromatic language, they dialogue with us. They answer us. They also question us by their unusual appearance and disappearance.
These new "flowers" by Miguel Chevalier have come out of the plant world to embrace the cosmic. And we contemplate them, amazed by this fractal anatomy that combines beauty and fragility and celebrates this union with an explosion of colour.