Here’s a panoramic portrait of Sara Velas, with her immersive composition, Effulgence of the North, at the wonderful Velaslavasay Panorama, of which Velas is the founder and artistic director (Velas painted the 360° backdrop, and collaborated with Asami Morita in creating the three dimensional terrain; accompanying audio was composed by Moritz Fehr). According to its website, the Velaslavasay Panorama (located just west of Downtown Los Angeles) is “an exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences, including those of the 360-degree variety.” Effulgence of the North was very recently dismantled to make way for a new installation, titled Shengjing Panorama. I saw a rendering of the project; it looks amazing.
Below is another interactive panoramic photograph I shot at the Velaslavasay Panorama. This installation will be on view at least through December, 2018. It’s called Nova Tuskhut, and here’s a description of it from creator Sara Velas:
The “Nova Tuskhut” is the only arctic trading post in the lower 48-states. It was unveiled in May 2014 as a companion installation to the lobby exhibit “Nancy Columbia and the Arctic Beyond”. Those two exhibits were created as part of the Velaslavasay Panorama Polar Year (V.P.P.Y.) of 2014 & 2015, in anticipation of the eventual hibernation of the “Effulgence of the North” arctic panorama. “Nova Tuskhut” was created by myself, Ruby Carlson and Rastra Contreras using found objects, salvaged wood siding and incandescent lighting. Occasionally, candles are used to illuminate the hut. The interior of the Nova Tuskhut is available for visitation during the Velaslavasy Panorama’s open hours. As most of the objects in the hut are not archival, visitors are invited to read, converse and nap within the hut. Visitors are encouraged to look out the window where a tundra & arctic landscape with day-to-night lighting cycle is featured. There is one set of archival objects in the hut – the snowshoes of Samuel J. Entrikin (1862-1942) who was second-in-command during the 1893-95 Arctic expedition under Admiral Robert Peary to North Greenland.