Belgian artistic collective Skullmapping recently entertained travelers at Brussels Airport with a lighthearted projection mapping tech stunt.
Rubens’ Cupid Escapes His Painting thanks to “mini-mapping”
In a waiting room decorated with paintings by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, the collective used a projection mapping system, or “mini-mapping,” to bring one of Rubens’ cherubs to life. The cherub, Cupid from the painting The Feast of Venus (1636), escaped the confines of his picture frame and flew around the room, much to the delight of travelers who shared images and clips of the spectacle on social media.
Skullmapping made one of Rubens’ cherubs escape his painting and fly around Brussels airport. Written and directed by Filip Sterckx | 3D Modeling and animation: Filip Sterckx, Antoon Verbeeck, Birgit Sterckx| Client: Toerisme Vlaanderen Click link for full YouTube video:? Source: YouTube/Skullmapping
Developed by artistic collective Skullmapping
Skullmapping’s creative director, Filip Sterckx, has been experimenting with projection mapping for over 15 years, resulting in poetic installations that project video and animation on sculptures.
Antoon Verbeeck, a visual artist and painter, is also a member of the collective. His paintings are known for their strong 3D illusion and “Lonely subjects” placed in vast white spaces, which convey a sense of poetry, evocation, and sometimes a touch of humor. Verbeeck’s desire to experiment led him to join Skullmapping, where he uses his artistic skills and knowledge to create new media art.
Skullmapping combines a deep understanding of fine art with the latest technology to create stunning, bespoke visuals and tell stories through experimental, technology-related projects. To see more of their unique and inspiring work, visit their website.
The Feast of Venus is a painting by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It is a fanciful depiction of the Roman festival Veneralia celebrated in honour of Venus Verticordia. Source: XgGjucvfTejNUg at Google Cultural Institute/WikimediaCommons
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