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The Poet and the Magic Garden

Hillsborough Forest, Royal Hillsborough, Down, BT26 6DP
The Poet sculpture in Hillsborough Forest

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The Poet is a physical sculpture derived from a digital 3D Sculpture, celebrating Ireland's great poets and its cultural celebration of poetry. Standing just over three feet tall, the sculpture rises out of a solidified mass suggestive of clouds, representing the real aspects of poetic traditions, while gazing below at the earth, as a reminder of our dependence on fragile, natural ecosystems, and mother earth.  With its hand in its pocket, the contrapposto conveys a casual and fluid state of being like taking a stroll in the beautiful Hillsborough Forest. The Poet connects our highest artistic and metaphysical deals with the sublime beauty of nature. The AR Poet celebrates Ireland's great poets and its cultural celebration of poetry. This Chronometric Sculpture depicts the search for meaning through self-reflection. Cycling between male and female states, the figure gazes upon the ground beneath its feet, while contemplating its connection to mother earth and its fragile ecosystems. A reminder that our highest ideals in the 21st Century are still dependent upon nature. Marjan created this figure in her unique, signature style in 3D CGI.

THE ARTIST: Hailing from the USA, Marjan Moghaddam is an award-winning, and pioneering digital artist/animator, known for her unique style of figuration in 3DCG and critical discourse. She is a recipient of top grants from organisations like the Rockefeller Fund among others, and has exhibited her AR art at Smithsonian and other museums.


The Magic Garden is a mixed reality AR experience brought to life with interactivity. Inspired by Ireland's rich traditions of magic and folklore, each flower and plant comes to life with animation and sound through touch. Using a combination of procedural geometry and texturing, Artificial Intelligence GAN imaging, computer-generated fractals, and digital glitching techniques, each plant uses contemporary virtual aesthetics to create a magical forest experience in the metaverse and the forest.

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