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A Mountain of CG Bodies Reaches Heaven in a Minimal Short

In a music video for Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi’s, artist Alan Warburton creates structures using the human body like a paintbrush.
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A horde of computer generated sculptures are positioned together to create a humanoid house of cards in Alan Warburton’s new music video for Italian pianist, Ludovico Einaudi’s track, "ABC". Warburton assembles over 5,000 white CG figures to create a series of abstract symmetrical patterns in his signature minimalist style, reminiscent of James Turrell’s light installations.

The video culminates in the construction of a massive tower held up by the bodies of Warburton’s CG subjects. His combination of fractal and architectural designs test the conceptual boundaries of the human form in a way that’s similar to Albert Omoss’s "Undercurrents" video. Both artists manipulate thousands of separated replicas and configure them to create single consolidated pieces.


Warburton worked on the music video for "ABC" over a period of six weeks, starting in October of last year. The featureless figures used in this video reference the work of beloved Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, who famously produced 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures for the Vigelandsparken in Oslo, a park named after the prolific craftsman.

In a ‘making of’ video, posted to Warburton’s Vimeo page, the artist presents storyboard sketches and animation blueprints while touring his careful digital rendering process. Warburton meticulously positions the frame of each individual figure, organizing each limb of the subject’s body, down to the small joints in their hands.

Check out more works by Alan Warburton on his website.


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