In Bloomed wall, the viewer is presented with four studies of a classic still life study. Through touch and motion capture they can interact directly with the flowers and props to alter the composition.
Inspired by the masters of the Dutch Golden Age, Harris presents various scenes which play on the nature of classical still life whilst also encouraging direct interaction from observers. The play between nature, symbolism and colour are treated to his meticulous attention to detail. Behaviours and movements are interactively driven by the user, but resulting in whimsical visual effects.
The user is able to select the desired scene out of the four options.
Paying homage to the thematic moral message of vanitas, a vase overflowing with flowers dominates the classical still life banquet setting. The surrounding table environment features various items of interest. Not only does each possess its own allegorical representation of the brevity of life, birth, death and time, but also individual hidden movements which reveal themselves upon interaction.
These symbolic objects, coupled with the kaleidoscopic bouquet, create a surreal display in which unexpected events and activity respond to both inquisitive touch and gentle waves of a hand.
The primary focus within the second scene, the vibrant bouquet exhibits a hypnotic display with each interaction.
The smallest of movements enliven the flowers, causing them to flourish as observers pass by. The viewer’s contact only increases the activity, with even the lightest of touches having the ability to return the flowers to bud state, or bloom to their fullest extent.
A continuous living circuit of flowers, the third scene truly defines what is “Bloomed Wall”. Presented as a vertical garden, the florets float in a rainbow of buoyant garlands.
The flowers spring to life in a joyful manner, drawing viewers’ attention and beckoning them closer. Similar to the other scenes, direct interaction reveals the flowers’ individual characteristics and mannerisms.
The fourth scene breaks away from the traditional representation of a floral still life. The flower is reduced to its core element; the petal.
The most engaging and interactive of the scenes, a flurry of petals are blown and whipped about by the viewer’s presence, creating a tornado of colour.