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Requiem for Fukushima Daiichi

The Requiem For Fukushima is of course inspired by the nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011.

“Requiem for Fukushima” is a dramatic build of sinister beauty inspired by the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan. Housed inside a pyramid shell, it contains lurid plants, flames, billowing black smoke, and burning cinders. Even the rocks are glowing. Max your particle count!
(from the artist’s blog)

To enter this art piece is a quite sobering experience. It’s very beautiful but the beauty is a deadly beauty, caused by one of the worst nuclear catastrophes so while you are reveling in the beauty, you are also perfectly aware that this is a beauty that ought not to be. The experience of entering this 360 degrees landscape is haunting and thought-provoking, lovely – but cruel.

Yet, you still find yourself feeling joyful in the beauty – that even in such a devastating disaster, some kind of beauty can be found.

The Requiem for Fukushima as well as some other wonderful art pieces are all made by the artist Alizarin Goldflake, who make immersive art – I quote from the artist’s statement:

My main form is Immersive Art, so-called because the viewer is meant to enter the work either by avatar or camera.  The art is made of nested prims, digital textures, and scripts.  Many of the builds have poses and sounds in them.  The point of the art is the kaleidoscopic interaction of the textures, as well as the different  moods expressed in the pieces.  Some of the sculptures emit extra-large particles, which are actually highly-detailed digital drawings.

Before visiting the Requiem, I visited some of the other pieces of immersive art – all very interesting!

And my favorite immersive art installation – loved to dance in this one:

I apologize for the not so good quality of these images but they’re taken on the laptop, not my desktop. Darn this annoying back and bedrest thing!

Anyways, it’s definitely worth to go and see these and play around a bit as well as enter a much more somber mood when visiting the Requiem itself.

You can see more on the artist’s blog here.

  1. alizaringoldflake
    May 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for your thoughtful and perceptive review of my pieces. You even bothered to dig out my artist statement – wow! My bad back sends your bad back a soothing rub. Thanks so much for your visit and pictures. Ali

    • May 24, 2011 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Ali. I was really impressed with your work and plan on re-visiting. And thanks for the soothing rub! 🙂 /Stinalina

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