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Monster by Tin&Ed
To celebrate Halloween at Brookfield Place, New York based artists Tin&Ed have created a new inflatable sculpture titled, Monster. Monster is a newly imagined hybrid flower whose gigantic bloom is over 20 feet high and 25 feet wide. For one week only, you are invited to come face to face with this strange new life form which is inspired by carnivorous and parasitic plants and fungi. Monster will be safely suspended amongst the palms in the Winter Garden, keeping all who pass by safely out of its grasp.
A specially designed Instagram filter will allow visitors to become part of the sculpture by bringing out the monster in all of us.
More About the Installation:
Sculpted using 3D software, Monster is an inflatable sculpture realized in fireproof ripstop nylon. Olive-and-orange speckled tentacles, or legs, splay outward from bulbous bases. Tubes reminiscent of supersized snake bodies curl into themselves like teapot handles. In the center of it all is a circle of petals, housing a cartoonish and always-open eye.
Tin&Ed’s monstrous organism might be fictional, but its hybrid flower form borrows directly from nature: a digital crossbreed of parasitic plants and fungi found in the duo’s research. (This includes Cordyceps, a genus of fungi that controls insects’ minds before bursting into sculptural formations from their bodies.) Its surface patterns are generated using a machine learning model that remixes different sea life including corals, sea slugs and starfish to spawn something entirely new.
Monster is an ecological warning, albeit a cute one! A Frankensteinish beast conjured by human interference with nature. Monsters are ambiguous things—it’s likely we all contain the ability to be monstrous—but they increasingly take physical guises on our planet.
Tin Nguyen & Edward Cutting are Australian artists and creative technologists who create playful installations and experiences that illuminate the borderless dimension between art and science, the physical and the digital, and the human and the non-human. Their work is driven by a deep curiosity for the natural world and the intricate ways we are connected to it. They use art to envision the world through this lens of interconnectedness.
Bring Out Your Inner Monster & Redeem a Treat!
Snap a selfie with or photo of Monster the Winter Garden and post it to social media tagging @BFPLNY to redeem exciting treats from the concierge desk!
BFPL Digital Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 31, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:40 PM
Dress in your best costume and join us online for family-friendly digital Halloween celebration. Digital programming features Sonia De Los Santos, Mario the Maker Magician, String Theory Theater and a Kids Food Festival cooking class.
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