'Oracle of the Deep'

A Light Art Installation By Dicapria & Tyler Gary

Welcome to the Oracle of the Deep An interactive light art experience that starts with crawling into a dark cave, unravels as other-worldly plant life lights up around you, and ends with an encounter of the mysterious glowing creature of the cave. What questions will you ask it? What will you find inside? 

The Vision

Oracle of the Deep is an immersive space & light art installation of a sculpted glowing forest of other-worldly alien-like flora with its mysterious progenitor, the Oracle of the Deep. Featuring a series of radiant transparent resin sculptures and a glowing interactive puppet. This artwork is backlit with dynamic LEDs, along with blacklight effects that paint a glowing beautiful landscape.    

Specs

The sculpture breaks down into 4 parts and is carved out of insulation spray foam with a wooden base, coated with an acrylic plaster and painted with acrylic paints. The semi-hard translucent teeth and eyes are constructed out of fiberglass that glow with LED lights. 

 

Approx. 8ftx10ft footprint (flexible)

Installation: 3-5hrs with 4-5people. 

Power: less than 1200 watts & 1 outlet for lighting & sound

INTERACTIVE VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Enter through the door of a step pyramid with glowing writing & plant life peeking out on the exterior. The interior is dark upon entering then slowly illuminates a plethora of glowing otherworldly plantlife that surround the space.

CONCLAVE OF THE ORACLE :

Meet the Oracle of the Deep! A mysterious being that comes from the core of an unknown planet, residing in the deep deep depths of an underground cavern. The Oracle is the well-spring of life in this cave and is gestating the bio-luminescent forest of life around it. Because of its magickal, otherworldly nature, the beings that grow from its energy source take on an illuminating glow. The Oracle feeds off of deep curiosity of the intrepid explorers that venture into its cave, which proliferates the forest’s bright energy. 

THE EXPERIENCE : 

Visitors crawl inside as they hear a mysterious, haunting, yet benevolent voice in the darkness that cackles and welcomes them in as it slowly comes to life.  The blacklight effects reveal an ancient face of bright glowing colors, a mouth that moves, and blinking twinkling eyes (all controlled and voiced by a hidden puppeteer using our custom sound design). The Oracle of the Deep encourages its visitors to band together to ask 3 questions. The oracle feeds on the DEEP, the imaginative ponderings of life and beyond, and encourages the group to reflect on themselves and their world. In turn, the creature imparts its wisdom and insight, finally asking the audience a question of its own for them to ponder while exiting. 

(Sample video experiences, more info, & narrative customizations are available upon request)

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE WITH NO PUPPET: 

To create a more passive space, we can leave out the puppet creature and focus on creating an ambient immersive experience for visitors to explore independently. Visitors will quickly discover that they can immerse themselves in the space through interactive play.  Some of the sculpted objects can be set up to be touch-sensitive controls that cause sound and lighting shifts, allowing visitors to collectively play a symphony of sounds of the mysterious plant-life throughout the forest.

Future Evolvement 

Here are some photos of future designs for an even greater experience 

Behind the Scenes

Process Photos and Design Work

The Crew

We have an amazing crew of talented artists, engineers, performance artists, and designers collaborating on this project.

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Dicapria

Artistic Director/Lead Artist/Co-Producer

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Tyler Gary

Structural Design/Co-Producer/Lighting Design

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The Crew

Lead Assistants - Amber Witten, Travis Gary.

Build/Installation/Performance Crew- Doug Marks, Gabriel A.J. Lujan-Flores, Gabriel Rosenstein, Jasmine Yohai, Dvorit Mausner, Gabriel Schicchi, Abe Finkelstein, Katherine Gripp, Debbie Ly, Rob Wadleigh, Chris Swimmer

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