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Fantasy Video Landscapes

Tony Oursler's Art Playground

— April 18, 2008 — Art & Design
This incredible piece of live art is part of an art installation in Kaukapakapa, New Zealand. Tony Oursler, a New York artist created video landscapes in a private art playground. The project showcases wild outdoor designs such as these animated skulls projected on a Pohutukawa a tree.

The installation is featured in a sculpture park owned by Alan Gibbs who is, at 68, one of New Zealand's wealthiest people.

"There was a 100-foot-tall nude woman, her white shoulders like clouds, rolling around on the hill to our right. Below, on the mudflats coming up to the harbor's banks, huge eyes and mouths popped out of the wet ground, growling and chirping," Men's Vogue says. "To the left, on the trees, a gigantic skull twisted and changed, now human, now simian, now some terrible distortion of a head, a tour of death and birth and evolution all at once."

It's truly remarkable, and very cutting edge for an artist who is already 50 years old.

"These projections—made up of a series of wondrous images of twisting, crawling, sitting, and floating women, as well as an arm and hammer, an arm and knife, writhing snakes, pyrotechnics, and bullet holes in the sky—form the latest art object for Gibbs's sculpture park," Vogue says.

Way to embrace technology while merging it with creative talent!
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