Seconde Nature 2010
Collaborator: Charles Bové, designer
Mixed media installation
Arvieux Square, Marseille, France
Commissioned by: Euroméditérranée
Sculpture : 18 m height
Projection : 28 x 14 m - 65.62 x 13.12 ft
2 videoprojectors, 1 PC, 1 infrared sensor
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Seconde Nature is a permanent installation that mixes the real with the virtual. The work is made up of an 18-meter-high orange-colored sculpture whose shape is reminiscent of a shell or the large sail of a boat. As such, this sculpture is a strong sign in this urban space. From it is projected each evening onto a part of the facades of the surrounding warehouses a new generative virtual garden of monumental size (28 meters x 14 meters) that is inspired by Mediterranean flora (cactuses, succulent plants, palm trees, etc.).
This virtual garden grows in an infinite variety of ways and changes following the cycle of the seasons. Each one of the garden’s virtual plants is autonomous. They are all born randomly, blossom, and die in accordance with their “morphogenetic code.”
The virtual garden is interactive. When visitors walk by the base of the sculpture, the plants individually turn around themselves. Likewise, the passing of the tramway generates a virtual wind that knocks down all the leaves and branches from this imaginary garden, thereby making room for a new garden to grow.