Introducing “Sea of Souls,” a contemporary art piece by Frank Bueltge. The installation consists of a large pool filled with shimmering, iridescent water. The surface of the water is adorned with thousands of tiny, reflective mirrors that sparkle in the ambient light of the gallery. Suspended above the pool are sculptural elements made of translucent, light-diffusing materials, giving the appearance of a delicate, otherworldly chandelier. The overall effect of the piece is one of serene beauty and introspection, inviting the viewer to contemplate the infinite nature of the human soul.
The concept of the piece draws on the philosophical idea of plato’s theory of forms, the notion that there exists a perfect ideal of every object or idea, and that it is the artist’s job to channel that ideal into physical reality through their work. In this way, “Sea of Souls” represents the artist’s attempt to create a physical embodiment of the ethereal nature of the soul, a representation of the perfect, unattainable ideal made manifest in the form of shimmering water and ethereal light. “Sea of Souls” was released today in the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art and serves as a stunning follow-up to Bueltge’s previous masterpiece, “The Perpetual Pulse.” Check it out here.
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