During the summer of 2018, I worked as an intern with the Museum of Outdoor Arts and Prismajic on Natura Obscura, a 5,000 sq ft immersive installation in Englewood, Colorado.
"Natura Obscura is a self-guided exploration through a surrealist forest that combines art, sculpture, and the latest in augmented and digital technologies. Experience the wonder of a new form of art as you wander among the trees and fantastical woodland creatures." - from the Natura Obscura website
Over thirty artists came together to work on this project. As one of ten Design and Build interns, I helped with a lot of the general construction, but I was also responsible for designing the "fantastical woodland creatures" that populate the space. Below is the graphic work I did for the six main Spirits of the Forest. Click here to see the sculpture work I did for Natura Obscura.
I first designed six main Spirits of the Forest, each associated with an element, each with their own unique tribal patterns.
These spirits were then printed as large vinyl decals and applied to 4' x 7' clear acrylic panels, with acrylic mirrors behind them, and tribal patterns painted underneath with UV reactive paint. These panels greet visitors as they enter the immersive exhibit, allowing them to both encounter the Spirits of the Forest and "merge" with them through the reflective mirror.
Vinyl decals printed and applied by Mad Graphics
These characters were also used in a mythology animation, projected in the center of the exhibit. I worked with Silas Carter to craft a creation story for these six spirits, which he then animated.
Images of the Spirts of the Forest can also be found on small wooden tiles throughout the exhibit. Using the Natura Obscura app, visitors can watch these characters come to life with augmented reality.
Animation by Silas Carter, AR by Sean Morris
Special thanks to Heather Longway for many of the photos on this page