Ice Angel (2012, 2015)2012, 2015
Custom LEDs and Electronics, 3d Camera, Software, Aluminum, Steel, Acrylic
2750 x 2750 x100 mm
Music composition by K. Gilroy and D. Dummond of NvS/Cinimod
Produced by Cinimod Studio
Ice Angel blends the act of youthful playfulness when creating snow angels with modern digital manipulations,making the viewer assume the role of both performer and portrait subject.
As the user moves their arms a new wing shape appears, unfurling from the shoulders, moving and displacing virtual snow. The wings are created dynamically and are linked to the participant. The artwork has a ‘memory’, capturing a hidden view of the participant and their angel wings, and this specific angel identity remains linked to that participant in any future encounters with the artwork.
The merging of angel mythology and the natural phenomenon of light travelling to earth creates an intriguing intersection. In modern terms, light is our messenger, allowing us to view the universe. An angel’s form is inherently human, yet an angel always originates from beyond.
In 2015, Harris relaunched Ice Angel with an updated version that for the first time incorporates sound as a central component to the piece.