The London installation comprises of 250 mouth-blown glass globes, created by crystal makers, Lobmeyr, hanging within the V&A’s famous Norfolk House Music Room. Within each globe, a variety of species of hand fabricated insects will flutter.
Curiosity Cloud tickles all the senses in a truly interactive manner. From a distance, the glass globes shimmer and glisten in the light, and visitors were tantalised by the insects within. As you move closer, the insects react by flying faster within the globes, tapping against the glass as they elevate their wings.
The aim is to explore the transience between nature and the Art Nouveau movement. Rather than creating their own fantasy insects, the duo felt it extremely important to use real insects which capture the true beauty of nature: twenty-five different species of newly discovered, endangered and everyday insects were intuitively selected based on colour, pattern, shape, wings etc.
In Vienna instead, a large oak table and two mirrors come alive with colourful metal plants and insects that represent current, extinct and rediscovered species. Representing nature’s lively, deferential relationship with mankind, plants rise up and move to their own choreography, if they “feel” they are not being watched. When someone approaches, they ‘hide’ and fold back into the table, reinventing a kinetic form of traditional marquetry.
Similarly, digital leaves grow across the mirrors extending into 3D forms, but only as long as people are not too close. Otherwise they retract, leaving just a normal, reflective mirror.