The Wild Within
The Wild Within is a series of digital artworks that bring new life into abandoned buildings from a bygone era.
Based on real-world physical spaces, an animated rebirth into a digital realm has been created.
Ryan Koopmans & his partner Alice Wexell visited different locations around the world over several years, exploring ruins and photographing structures that have undergone dramatic transition.
Upon returning, they digitally introduced vegetation, modified the structure and lighting, and animated the scenes with the intention of reviving the empty spaces, essentially bringing life back into the rooms.
The results are a surreal collision between the past and future, natural and manmade, physical and digital, and the real and imaginary.
The aim of the artwork is to create a sense of surreal tranquility whilst referencing the themes of architectural history, urban exploration, and the resurgence of nature.
Many of the buildings depicted in The Wild Within have been demolished in recent years, further emphasizing the theme of time passing in the cycle of growth and decay.
The first mint of The Wild Within occurred on March 24, 2021, with a focus on the Georgian town of Tskaltubo.
This began the genesis chapter of a project that has been widely celebrated, exhibited and acquired by some of the World's premier collectors of digital art.