Once Upon a Time

Private Viewing Gallery

Ryan Koopmans & Alice Wexell are Stockholm-based artists who specialize in the visual revival of abandoned architecture by using various artistic techniques. Their work is based on real-world physical spaces that are photographed, animated, and brought into the digital realm. The two of them collaborated on the highly successful Web3 native series, The Wild Within.

 

Once Upon a Time is a digital artwork that brings new life into an abandoned building by combining photography with animation to create a surreal, meditative and moving architectural space. The pictured building, built between 1890-1920, is the interior of an old decaying house in the Dannawi neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon. A custom musical score has been added by Swedish composer Karl-David Larson.

 

Koopmans and Wexell’s work captures the unrelenting and permanent qualities of nature. By juxtaposing wild and vibrant natural elements with a derelict, built environment, this work invites the viewer to meditate on nature’s resilience relative to human creation.

The piece was premiered at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle during the exhibition Non-Fungible Castle from October 27 - November 13, 2022.

See their existing work currently minted and collected on SuperRare.

 
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