Installation view, Smart Museum, Chicago, September 2010
digital cave   2010
Three synced HD digital video rear-projections
12' x 28' x 8'. 8min 50sec looped. Unique.

Commissioned by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago & the Freer-Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, this work virtually recreates and reconstructs one of the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan.  A centerpiece of the traveling exhibition "Echoes of the Past", this "digital cave" aims to highlight the poetry of the original space while providing perspective on the work of the research team.


The most ambitious rendering challenge I've undertaken to this point, the entire piece was built & rendered with Maya (there is no live footage), and edited in After Effects & Final Cut.  The project would not have been possible without the help of Travis Saul (3D powerhouse), Michelle Graves (editing), Alex Dunn (data wrangling) & Mark Beasley (tools).  Larry Smallwood rocked the installation production and, finally, big thanks to curator Richard Born (Smart Museum).