Earth’s disappearing wildlife is no joke — the WWF says that almost half of the wild animals have disappeared due to serious habitat destruction in the past 42 years. Mexico City-based Studio Maizz Visual continues to spread awareness about declining wildlife populations with their incredible head-turning video installation, which recently graced the trees of the Electric Zoo Festival in Randall’s Island Park, New York. Named Animal Watching, the installation projected huge animated images of animal heads onto the tree canopy, where their intense gazes watched and followed passersby.
Maizz Visual’s Animal Watching installation first debuted in Parque Espana, Mexico City during the Marvin Festival earlier this year and recently wrapped up their second appearance at New York City’s Electric Zoo festival in the first weekend of September. The video installation transformed the trees into giant green 3D animated animal faces, surprising over 50,000 festival participants. “The intervention goal was raising awareness about the destruction of ecosystems and animals species,” said the studio.
Eight different animal faces, from lions to owls, were displayed in a continuous track with post-production effects between each transition. Two video projectors with full HD and tele-zoom optics were used to create the surprisingly life-like faces and 3D animation software was used to give the faces realistic movement, particularly in the eyes. The Animal Watching video was about seven minutes long and played on a continuous loop between 8:30PM and 11PM during the festival weekend.
Images via Maizz Visual