<em>Opertus Lunula Umbra (Hidden Shadow of Moon)</em>

U-Ram Choe
Opertus Lunula Umbra (Hidden Shadow of Moon), 2008
Scientific name: Anmopial pennatus lunula uram
Wood, plastic, encaustic, motors, stainless steel, microprocessor
16 x 11.8 x 16.4 ft / 490 x 360 x 500 cm
Edition of 3

Installation view in F.A.C.T. as part of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial.

Recently, scientists studying the effects of moonlight on humans have made significant progress towards their research due to a discovery of a new phenomenon. Rather than being absorbed, when light from the atmosphere hits the moon it instead radiates off of the moon’s surface and travels to earth. This particular atmospheric reflection from the moon has been observed having strange effects on humans, often amplifying their ability to fantasize and blurring boundaries between what is real and imagined.

Humans are especially susceptible to this energy, which is most marked during the full moon, in harbor cities more so than that of inland cities. Thus it has been determined that populated areas surrounding water are affected by this phenomena as harbor and coastal cities receive the radiated energy two fold: first directly from the moon and also from light reflecting off of nearby water. Furthermore, it is reported that in areas where fantasies are numerous and focused, there have been occasions when a collective fantasy is physically actualized.


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