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How Mirages Can Inspire Art

Nov 11, 2016 | 16 videos
Video by The Atlantic

A fata morgana is a massive mirage that forms above the horizon, reflecting the landscape beneath it. The artist Teresita Fernández recently explored this phenomenon through a public art piece in Madison Square Park in New York City. She set up a 500-feet-long mirror above the crowded park where over 50,000 visitors a day could find themselves in the reflection. In this interview filmed at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, Fernández reflects on the significance of her piece and the importance of drawing inspiration for what already exists in the natural world.

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Author: Erica Moriarty

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Insights and perspectives from the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival