The Wild Within is a series that brings new life into abandoned buildings from a bygone Soviet era.

Based on real-world physical spaces, an animated rebirth into a digital realm has been created.

During the Soviet Union, the Georgian town of Tskaltubo was a popular health destination famed for its therapeutic water and luxurious sanatoriums.

Between the 1940’s to 1980’s thousands of people visited each year, including Stalin and his high-ranking officials from Moscow.

The town was renowned for its therapeutic radon-carbonate mineral spring water believed to treat an array of ailments.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the buildings were deserted and fell into disrepair. Floors were ripped up for firewood, and the metal salvaged as scrap.

Since the early 90's, the buildings have been slowly dismantled and stripped of their valuable materials, leaving empty shells of what were once grandiose classical structures.

Koopmans visited this region over several years, exploring the ruins and photographing the spaces.

Upon returning, in collaboration with Alice Wexell, he digitally introduced vegetation, manipulated the lighting, modified the structures, and animated the scenes with the intention of reviving the empty spaces, essentially bringing life back into the rooms. With these pieces, Koopmans and Wexell aim to bring the viewer into an alternate place and time.

 

The results are a surreal collision between the past and future, as well as the physical and digital worlds.

Koopmans states that his aim was “ to create a sense of surreal tranquility whilst referencing the themes of urban exploration, architectural history and the resurgence of nature.”

There is also an uncanny and somewhat supernatural atmosphere reminiscent of the 1979 Soviet sci-fi film ‘Stalker’ by Andrei Tarkovsky, in the way the plants have beset the town’s mysterious architecture.

Many of the buildings depicted in The Wild Within have been demolished in recent months, further emphasizing the theme of time passing in the cycle of growth and decay.

 

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The Wild Within: Devotion

Collected by Jim Carrey

The Wild Within: Elevate

Collected by Forever Lands

The Wild Within: Hollow

Collected by GBLSTS

The Wild Within: Ambition

Collected by Cryptonio123

The Wild Within: Gathering

Collected by Art On Internet

The Wild Within: Harmony

Collected by Art On Internet

The Wild Within: Departure

Collected by Art On Internet

The Wild Within: Eternity

Collected by 888

The Wild Within: Harvest

Collected by Bharat Krymo

The Wild Within: Secrets

Collected by Brian 14

The Wild Within: Balance

Collected by Aure Gimon

The Wild Within: Promises

Collected by Cuerno Group

The Wild Within: Visions

Collected by Noun 53

 

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Exhibitions of The Wild Within

2022 - Beijing, China - Yongle Auction Spring 2022

2022 - NYC, USA - MODA presents A Question For Time exhibition

2022 - NYC, USA - SuperRare Gallery x Jonathan Little exhibition

2022 - NYC, USA - Ben Skaar Curation at the South Street Seaport

2022 - NYC, USA - Time Square Showcase by NFT NYC

2022 - NYC, USA - The Pyramid Screen by NFTSea

2022 - Venice, Italy - Decentral Art Pavilion

2022 - NYC, USA - Crypt Gallery x Dream Downtown

2022 - Miami, USA - Blackdove Gallery at BTC Miami

2022 - Liverpool, UK - NFT Liverpool

2022 - Stockholm, Sweden - My Way Gallery

2022 - New York, USA - SuperRare Monolith

2022 - Stockholm, Sweden - OtherLands NFT Festival

2021 - Montreal, Canada - 0x Society

2021 - Calgary, Canada - Photoville 'The Fence'

2021 - Tokyo, Japan - NEO Shibuya Screen

2021 - Miami, USA  - SuperRare Monolith

2021 - Miami, USA - The Temporal Gallery at Flagler Street

2021 - Miami, USA - MoDa The Wall at Factory Town

2021 - Dubai, UAE - WOW Summit

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