'The Enchanted Hour' is a dynamic artwork that merges reality and imagination, centered around the concept of time - a modern twist on the traditional cuckoo clock.
Every hour, an owl emerges from the painting, soaring through the room and hooting to mark the time.
This artwork originated from images captured during Koopmans & Wexell's exploration of a 400-year-old abandoned villa in Northern Italy.
Inspired by its overgrown beauty, timeless structure, and interplay of light, they artfully blended reality and imagination, fusing nature and architecture through photography and animation.
Employing cutting-edge technology, the artwork pays homage to classical subject matter while pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.
The ongoing decay of the physical building adds further relevance to the theme of time's passage and the cycle of growth and decay.
Through re-contextualization in the digital realm, the artists breathe new life into this architectural marvel, preserving it on the blockchain for eternity.
Immerse yourself in the narrative of "The Enchanted Hour," where art and technology intertwine, taking you on a journey through the dance of nature and time.
Every day, at both 7am and 7pm, the artwork transitions between day and night, synchronizing with the viewer's location.
The owner of the NFT will have the freedom to display a full dynamic version of the artwork or opt for 'only Day' or 'only Night' modes.
Ryan Koopmans (BA, MFA) is a Canadian/Dutch lens-based artist with a focus on the built environment, exploring its relationship with nature and its impact on society. With his partner, Swedish artist Alice Wexell, the two created The Wild Within, a project that visually revives abandoned architecture by using various creative techniques.
Their artwork is based on real-world physical spaces that they discover, photograph, animate and bring to life in the digital realm.
See more at www.thewildwithin.xyz