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The Enchanted Hour: A digital artwork that interacts with the time of day

Published Sep 4, 2023

Ryan Koopmans and Alice Wexell, the creative duo behind “The Wild Within” project, have recently unveiled a captivating time-based digital artwork called “The Enchanted Hour.”

The Wild Within project is a collection of digital artworks that bring new life to forgotten architectural structures from the past. Drawing inspiration from these real world locations, Ryan and Alice digitally introduce vegetation, cinematic lighting and animated elements to produce ethereal scenes that transport these structures into a virtual dimension.

A few scenes from “The Wild Within” project.

The project is the result of several years of dedication, as the duo embarked on a global expedition, delving into diverse destinations to photograph and document the remarkable evolution and deterioration of these abandoned ruins.

The latest piece in the series, “The Enchanted Hour,” is focused on the concept of time. As each hour passes by, a majestic owl emerges from the painting, gracefully gliding through the room and hooting to indicate the passing of time, delivering a contemporary take on the traditional cuckoo clock.

Additionally, twice a day, precisely at 7am and 7pm, the artwork seamlessly transitions between day and night, adapting to the viewer’s current location.

“The Enchanted Hour” during the day.
“The Enchanted Hour” at night.

The captivating scene was produced using images captured during their visit to a 400-year-old abandoned villa in Northern Italy. Inspired by the beautiful decay and interplay of light they witnessed while exploring this remarkable structure, Ryan and Alice skillfully used photography, digital manipulation and animation to merge reality and fantasy.

The artists explored a 400-year-old abandoned villa in Northern Italy to produce their latest piece.

This rejuvenated structure is now available as an NFT in the digital realm, forever preserved in the blockchain.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the project and the artists behind it, visit the links below:

The Enchanted Hour
The Wild Within
Ryan Koopmans’ website
Alice Wexell’s website

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