Amazing Wood Installations by Daniel Popper

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Daniel Popper is a multidisciplinary artist who has become well known as a creator of spectacular art installations. In 2010 he was chosen to create 14 enormous Pop Puppets, which became one of the favorite elements of official Fifa Fan Parks. He also did interactive “activations” for brands such as G-Star Raw and Siemens. Still, his larger-than-life artworks and stage artistry open-air festivals really show the spirit of Popper’s work, which is intended to create a portal to the deeper parts of people’s psyche.

Lucky vacationers who traveled to Tulum, Mexico this year, had the chance to discover one of his imposing wooden sculptures on their arrival, built as part of Art With Me, Tulum’s artistic and cultural festival. Called Ven à la Luz (“Entering the Light”), it consists of wood and string revealing a female figure. The torso of the sculpture is composed of lush green plants that create an arch; somehow the sculpture reminds of the famous Te Fiti cartoon character from Moana. After the end of the festival, the statue will be permanently transferred to the Ahau Tulum resort.

For Popper, the way people experience an installation is vital and this is the criteria on which he measures the success of his projects. He often works in partnership with various artists and tech gurus, while incorporating electronic music and LED and projection mapping in their collaborative projects. What initially started as a passion project at Afrikaburn, has transformed into a full-time vocation. He says he enjoys playing around with spaces and environments but insists it’s critical to be aware of the effect on viewers’ understanding of that space.