Title in french : Seconde Nature, sculpture et réalité virtuelle
Type : architecture
City : MarseilleSecond Nature is this orange sculpture installed between the Docks of the Joliette and the FRAC, a contemporary work of art that comes alive after dark for a virtual reality experience.
The sculpture is indeed equipped at its top with a projection booth and a software that broadcast over the surface of the Docks a virtual garden of 16 seeds inspired of Mediterranean flora (cacti, succulents, palms ...) and maritime aquatic plants. Many plants which the viewer can observe the life cycles since the state of seeds, stems, leaves, flowers, until they return to earth.
The device is also interactive with a series of sensors that react to the movements of the street on a limited area of the square Arvieux. For exemple, the tram will move the plants, caressed by a light breeze.
With 18 meters high, the sculpture is a spiral that recalls the shape of a shell and symbolizes our relationship to time. Designed by artist Miguel Chevalier and designer Charles Bové, the work echoes the architecture of the Docks with its 5 buildings with 4 courtyards (the 4 seasons), 12 doors to the port (the months) and 52 front windows (the weeks).
A subtlety that employees surrounding offices do not always see, many to settle on the steps of the place for lunch. At noon, no virtual reality but a beautiful light that warms our inner garden and gives the energy to go back to work...