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We Live in an Ocean of Air

In the middle of the city it’s easy to forget how our lives are intrinsically linked to Mother Nature. When was the last time you showed her gratitude for water, food, oxygen? A new immersive 3D installation – currently premiering at the Saatchi Gallery – masterfully illuminates our interconnectivity and symbiotic relationship with plants and trees in particular.

‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’, Saatchi Gallery (2018) Photo Credit: Barnaby Steel, Marshmallow Laser Feast

In an unforgettable multisensory experience, ‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’ combines cutting-edge technology, scientific phenomenon and experiential art. Once you’ve been ‘hooked up’ with equipment including a virtual reality headset, backpack PC, heart rate monitor and breath sensor, you’re transported to an ancient forest centred around a giant sequoia tree, the largest living individual organism on the planet. Here, the normally invisible exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between humans and trees has been digitally illustrated with magical effect.

‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’, Saatchi Gallery (2018) Photo Credit: Barnaby Steel, Marshmallow Laser Feast

You’re invited to explore and interact with the surrounding ecosystem, a stunning digital representation of the intricate life-giving system that lies just beyond the boundaries of our senses. Watch your inhalation turn into a flow of oxygenated blood through your body, and your exhalation explode with colour and light as it brings life to branches in return.

‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’, Saatchi Gallery (2018) Photo Credit: Barnaby Steel, Marshmallow Laser Feast

In their mission to “repair our broken connection to nature”, creators Marshmallow Laser Feast – the award-winning collective behind Treehugger and In the Eyes of the Animal – consider this their most ambitious work to date.

The installation, created in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia and Mileece I’Anson, runs until 20 January 2019. Tickets can be booked here: www.oceanofair.com

‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’, Saatchi Gallery (2018) Photo Credit: Barnaby Steel, Marshmallow Laser Feast