Cosmic Tree of Life
The Cosmic Tree of Life (2001-2004) by Roger Ferragallo
The Cosmic Tree of Life exhibited at University Of California, Irvine
on their huge scalable computerized display (23' x 9'), Dec. 2005
Cosmic Tree of Life is a large-scale digital painting that breaks new ground away from traditional modern and post modern art in favor of an art of light made possible with the advent of the computer. This work was conceived and created in its native photonic medium as a dynamic expressive painting to be exhibited on a large plasma screen with the technical capability for audience participation. The high resolution plasma canvas is filled with all manner of close-up visual forms, symbols, images, from the minute to the immense: a cell, a human ovum, a comet, a forest of stars or a blazing galaxy filling plasma space.
A panned, zoomed view of Cosmic Tree of Life by Roger Ferragallo
Cosmic Tree of Life grew from Ferragallo's painting The Universe Knew We Were Coming (2001) http://www.ferragallo.com/universe.html that was shown at Princeton University (2004) on their 40 mega pixel, 18 foot computerized display wall. Ferragallo began work on Cosmic Tree of Life in 2001 as a 240 mega pixel cosmic landscape of immense scale measuring 25 x 13 feet (21600 x 11248 x 300 dpi) to be created entirely by zooming and panning on a 21 inch computer monitor. Cosmic Tree of Life was completed in December 2005 and was accepted for display at the University of California, Irvine on their remarkable 23 x 9 foot HIPerWall (Highly Interactive Parallelized Display. At 200+ mega pixels, it is the most advanced and largest high-resolution display wall of its kind in the world).
Second panned, zoomed view of Cosmic Tree of Life by Roger Ferragallo
In September, 2007, Ferragallo’s wider vision of interactive audience participation for Cosmic Tree Of Life came when he discovered Gigapan technology. A monumental visual display system, Gigapan comes from The Global Connection Project, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames, Google Earth and National Geographic. These organizations invite professional and non professional photographers from around the world to upload and exhibit panoramic photographs to their site, creating a global repository accessible by anyone, anywhere, 24 hours a day. By exhibiting Ferragallo’s masterwork, the Global Connection project successfully expanded its scope and is now seriously studying the inclusion of the fine arts in their mission.
See the stunning details via Gigapan technology:
Roger's website: http://www.ferragallo.com
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