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This Is The Most Amazing Video Of Iceland You Will Ever See

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 March 2017
Sharp beams of light and glowing spheres across a moody natural backdrop: Lucid, the latest project by German artists Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schnoor, is a dark and beautiful world of mystery, intrigue and adventure.

Filmed primarily in the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland, the beautifully sinister video showcases the country’s rich arctic landscape.

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Throughout, the camera crisscrosses epic valleys, blinding vistas, emerald forests and bewitching mountains until it reaches a mysterious light shining bright in the mossy outcrops.

As each scene blends into the other, strange, glowing shapes come to life against unforgiving tundras, creating anachronistic yet beautiful illuminations that transform familiar terrains into sleepy alien worlds.

Though it all looks like it was created on a computer, every shot actually captures a physical installation, created by positioning several electroluminescent light shapes and hundreds of wires directly onto the wild terrains of Iceland.

The film’s chilling score was composed by Berlin-based maestro Achim Künstler Treu, a.k.a. UFO Hawaii. We’re sure you’ll agree that the score’s weird and absent tones are a perfect complement to the film’s otherworldly aesthetic.

As with the duo’s earlier work Bioluminescent Forest, Lucid is a startling collection of specially commissioned site-specific artworks that document an eerie alternative to our already ethereal planet.

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“The idea was to create a surreal world based on simple geometric light shapes that seem misplaced, but somehow blend with their surroundings at the same time,” explained Mawad and Snoor. “The shapes emphasize the mood of their surroundings in the most simple way.”

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“By installing electroluminescent light shapes and wires in untouched landscapes, a single light source tells a surreal story of magic and loneliness in a surreal and intense way.”

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Ultimately, the video leaves you with more questions than answers, but instills the watcher with a sense of mesmerizing wonder and curiosity.

To find out how the artists created it all, watch the brilliant ‘making of’ video below:

And whilst you’re here, check out the pairs’ other awesome visual extravaganza, Bioluminescent Forest.