Location: Savannah, GA, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $5,000
Art Direction, Fabrication, Lighting, Photography
Sound Design, Audio Implementation, Music Production
Mark Anthony Manceri
Costume Design, Assistant Art Director
Enter the Goldfish Temple: A World of Wonder and Mystery. Commissioned by a private client for a one-night event, this immersive installation invites viewers to step from the initial gallery space, featuring a captivating image of an ornately dressed woman and a goldfish, into the enigmatic temple itself. The 20 ft x 20 ft x 10 ft space masterfully combines wood, glass, copper, fabric, and light to create an otherworldly atmosphere. The melodic, peaceful sounds of water and ambient music playing over hidden speakers in both the gallery and the temple room enhance the immersive experience. In the absence of the woman from the Portal image, viewers are encouraged to explore the intricately detailed temple and uncover the hidden narrative, leaving them with a sense of wonder and curiosity.
The primary goals for integrating commissioned artwork into this project were to create an immersive experience that would captivate the audience, challenge their perception of reality, and encourage them to actively engage in building a narrative around the purpose of the space. The installation's design aimed to leave viewers with a sense of longing for more information, as not all questions about the temple's story were directly answered. The seamless integration of visual and auditory elements, including the initial gallery image, the intricate details of the temple, and the peaceful sounds of water and ambient music, was essential to achieving these goals. By fully immersing the audience in the Goldfish Temple's mysterious world, this installation succeeded in providing an engaging and thought-provoking experience that resonated with attendees long after the event.
Portal #2, the "Goldfish Temple," is the second in Zoldyc's series. A Zoldyc Portal combines a captivating Portal Image in an initial gallery space with an immersive installation in an adjacent room. The image serves as a visual entry point, enticing viewers to explore the extraordinary world it portrays. The adjacent room brings the Portal Image to life, making audience members feel transported to the otherworldly scene. The Goldfish Temple features a mesmerizing image of a woman and a goldfish, and an intricately detailed temple room with visual, auditory, and tactile elements. This combination blurs reality and fantasy, challenging viewers' perceptions and inviting exploration of the enigmatic narrative.