Sisyphus in a hamster wheel.
L’arbre qui cachait la forêt (“the tree that hid the forest”) is a multimedia installation originally proposed for the Festival of Lights of Lyon (FR) happening on december 8th. The theme was about ecology and artists were encouraged to make use of little and/or renewable energy.
The installation consists in an interactive video projection of a tree, with the screen placed precisely in the location where the filmed tree stands. The screen offers a view that match the perspective of the global environment.
In front of this screen, a giant hamster wheel is awaiting a visitor.
As a man is running in the giant hamster wheel, the rotation of the wheel is making the video evolve from winter solstice midnight, when the tree is seemingly dead, to summer solstice at noon, when fully green in the deep blue sky.
Prior to the installation, the tree has been shot with time-lapse photography technique during a whole season.