Ephemerā by Mischer’Traxler consists of an oak table and two mirrors, decorated with water jet-cut metal shapes of leaves, flowers and insects that appear and disappear depending on visitors’ proximity to the installation.
“When a visitor gets too close, all the elements hide away and become very functional again. Once you step back they become very alive and more decorative.” Thomas Traxler adds: “If you are in a forest and a deer is running by, if it detects you or if it knows you are there, it runs away and hides. We wanted to recreate that moment. If you are in a forest and a deer is running by, if it detects you or if it knows you are there, it runs away and hides. We wanted to recreate that moment.” “The species that are used on the table and on the mirror area all related to real species,” he added. “Some are extinct and some are very common plants that can be found all over the planet, while others are newly discovered species. So it’s also about the impact of humanity on nature, and the impact we have.” The leaves and insects on the table lie flat when people are nearby, but rise up as soon as they move away, powered by small embedded motors.
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