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Render of Miguel Chevalier's interactive light installation at Bispetorvet | Courtesy of Aarhus Festival
Render of Miguel Chevalier's interactive light installation at Bispetorvet | Courtesy of Aarhus Festival
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A Virtual Flower Garden to Sprout in the Centre of Aarhus

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 24 August 2017
The Aarhus Festival launches this weekend and we can’t wait to see one of the highlights, Flower Power 2017, a virtual installation by the Mexican-born French artist, Miguel Chevalier that only comes alive at night.

Since 1965, Aarhus Festival has grown into one of Scandinavia’s largest cultural events. Every year over 300,000 people descend on the city for the 10-day festival to experience the variety of programmed events that showcase the talents of local, national and international artists.

This year there will be architectural interventions in the harbour by LIST Architecture-Urbanism, the launch of the city-wide free music festival Understrøm and a group of street artists who will be decorating two walls next to the City Hall. There will also be the unveiling of the interactive installation Flower Power 2017.

Render of Miguel Chevalier’s interactive light installation at Bispetorvet
Render of Miguel Chevalier’s interactive light installation at Bispetorvet | Courtesy of Aarhus Festival

After nightfall between 8.30pm and 3am (1am during the week) virtual flowers will bloom across Aarhus’ central square, Bisqpetorvet. Three virtual flower beds will present a colourful array of Danish flora that flower and wither and respond to any interaction by the public.

Considered a pioneer of digital and virtual art, Chevalier has been experimenting with the parameters of computerised artistic expression since the 1980s. Fascinated by nature and artifice, his multidisciplinary works make us consider our relationship to the world around us.

He’s shown his kaleidoscopic installations international from the streets of Shanghai to cathedrals in France. With the creation of Flower Power 2017 he wants us ‘to explore and connect the digital and the organic’.

Aarhus Festival takes place from August 25 to September 3, 2017.

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