Commissioned to commemorate the 2015 Cornell Tech campus groundbreaking on Roosevelt Island, artist and Cornell alumnus Peter D. Gerakaris created Tropicália, an immersive 2,000 sq ft mixed media, site-specific installation with over 1,000 sq ft of mural imagery, 10 paintings from his "Mask Series", & an ambient soundtrack by Trevor Gureckis. The project was curated by Kendal Henry.
A short video documentary providing a 1st-person glimpse into immersive installation environment, including the original ambient soundtrack.
Curator Kendal Henry experiences Tropicália with ChromaDepth 3D glasses. The glasses provide a fresh, participatory dimension by spatializing color perception.
Tropicália: Partial installation view of Pollinator Floor-Mural vignette
Tropicália: Partial panoramic view of central gallery space with Carnivale Kriol Mask Remix, Jungle Wall Mural vignette, Mask Series works on paper, & Cosmos Wall Mural vignette
Tropicália featured large-scale, window vignettes on Main Street which invited the public to enter & embark on an exotic voyage
Carnivale Kriol Mask Remix in ChromaDepth: Special 3D glasses were provided as a viewing option for all gallery visitors
Tropicália: Street view of window vignette (right panel)
Tropicália: Mask Series Works on Paper Installation View, 16 in. x 16 in. ea.
Tropicália: Street view of window vignette (center panel)
Tropicália: Partial Installation View
Tropicália: Partial installation view of gallery entrance with elliptical vignette & Icarus Mask Remix
A child experiences the Tropicália Carnivale Rouge Mural Vignette with ChromaDepth 3D Glasses
Tropicália: Partial installation view of Cosmos Wall Mural vignette
Tropicália: Partial installation view of Jungle Wall Mural vignette
Tropicália: Partial installation view of Carnivale Rouge Wall Mural vignette
Tropicália Installation Process: Peter D. Gerakaris makes final adjustments after having installed the mural vignettes. Photo credit: Olya Turcihin