Rochester Contemporary Arts Center announces its latest public sculpture, a magnificent tree called Kalpa.
Created by San Francisco-based art and design studio Symmetry Labs and lead artist Alexander Green, Kalpa is named after the wish-granting tree Kalpavriksha—or “Tree of Life”—in Hindu mythology. Kalpa is part of the Not of this Earth exhibit, as well as Tree of Tenere. Tree of Tenere was inspired by the most isolated tree on the planet.
Kalpa appears to be both magically alive yet impossibly real simultaneously. The tree seems lifelike in the daylight, but at night it comes alive to mesmerize audiences with thousands of interactive lights the glow in a myriad of patterns and colors.
Symmetry Labs and Green have connections to the electronic music scene, and RoCo will tie that into this exhibit throughout its tenure. Concerts are in the works that will sync light and sound into an immersive experience. Later in the year, RoCo will host an artist talk with Green.
Kalpa is installed next to RoCo, and a nightly light show will happen from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Kalpa will be on display through Nov. 5. rochestercontemporary.org