Miguel CHEVALIER, Fractal Flowers (2008). Seoul (South Korea)

Miguel CHEVALIER, Fractal Flowers (2008). Seoul (South Korea)
The artwork Fractal Flowers of Miguel Chevalier projected on the embankments of the Cheonggyecheonno River in Seoul fits in the public efforts of introducing art in the public space. The town hall of Seoul, that commissioned this artwork, is leading an innovative cultural policy by realizing long-term installations of virtual reality, that turns the city into a 21st century capital. This installation is projected on a wall of 40ft x 13ft and there are currently studies in progress to consider enlarging this artwork to 164 ft x 13 ft.

Next to this recovered nature, the Cheonggyecheonno River, an artificial nature comes to life at dusk: the Fractal Flowers. These gigantic fractal flowers are made up of different colors, shapes and are generated endlessly, thanks to software of Cyrille Henry.

Intended on the embankments of the
Cheonggyecheonno River, these gigantic virtual plants proliferate on the surface of the stone. These are the autonomous virtual seeds that are born uncertainly, that grow, bloom and disappear to leave place for the others.

We are here in a half-plant universe, half-mineral, constituted of filarial structures that recall the facets of a diamond. These fractal flowers have a real monumentality with their geometric shapes and at the same time have an evanescent aspect. These flowers bend themselves as if to make a reverence to the walker and to welcome him/her in the potentiality of this intriguing garden. They react to our movements. In their own special generative and chromatic language, they dialogue with us. They answer us. They also question us by their unusual apparition and disappearance.

These new "flowers" of Miguel Chevalier came out of the plant to embrace the cosmic. And we contemplate them, amazed by this fractal anatomy that unites the beauty and the fragility and it celebrates this union by an explosion of color.

Fractal Flowers 2008,
Seoul, South Korea
Interactive virtual reality installation
Projection on the embankments of the
Cheonggyecheon River
2 videoprojectors Christie 20 000 lumens, 1 infrared sensor, 1 PC
39 ft x 13ft
Software : Cyrille Henry


KIM Mijoung / IL Communication

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