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Curiosity Cloud, 2015–2019

It was designed by Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler and studio of mischer'traxler. It is dated 2015–2019. Its medium is installation, specimen display, book. It is a part of the department.

Each bulb in this immersive installation contains a hand-fabricated replica of a different insect, many from New York and the surrounding area. Some species are found commonly in nature, others are endangered or extinct, and still others are invasive. Curiosity Cloud unites species of insects that would never coexist in the natural world. Moving through the installation activates the insects to flutter within their bulbs, facilitating a dialogue with nature.

It is credited Courtesy of mischer'traxler Studio.

  • Object ID #18188777
  • rattan, bamboo, lacquered wood (base); fiber, paper, silk, feathers....
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1916-40-3-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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