Imagine sitting in a forest of pure light and shadow. No way in, no way out. The dense and unruly trees are completely engulfing you, producing Rorschach-like hints of faces, of life and flow, of consciousness.
Are these branches, or roots? Which way is up? Which is down?
The artists' studio of Hilden & Diaz can not only create this sensation; it can produce it in your home.
The forest is the result of the studio's "Forms in Nature," a 3D printed chandelier that casts the illusion of a mystical forest by placing the light source in the center of chaotic bramble.
The piece, which artists Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz call "a light sculpture," is inspired at least in part by the work of Darwinist Ernst Haeckel. It is the expression of Hilden and Diaz's fascination with mirroring.
The artists manipulate technology, cognition, psychology, history and nature to challenge and transform common perceptions of cultural icons and basic elements.
"We are two artists, but our minds work as one," their Web site explains. "We dive into a sea of cohesion, creating some sort of wormholes to a common consciousness. It's like some mysteries that co-habit with us in form of forgotten memory are right there waiting to be revealed and dug out of the archives of Mother Nature."