mount zuidas

Virtual Falcon Flight, Zuidas, Amsterdam, May 2016

Highrise buildings have been discovered by animal species such as the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), whose range was originally restricted to mountains and cliffs. Public art project Mount Zuidas revolved around the concept of the city as alpine habitat. Visitors were invited to experience a falcon flight in virtual reality, previously recorded by a GPS unit attached to a captive peregrine falcon. A falcon mask was worn over virtual reality goggles, so that participants were transformed into a human-animal hybrid for the duration of the flight. Mount Zuidas was made possible by a grant from the City of Amsterdam, Stadsdeel Zuid. Additional support by ABN AMRO Bank and WTC Amsterdam. With Cure Master, TAAK (Christiane Bosman, Theo Tegelaers), Natalie Jeremijenko, Botanische Tuin Zuidas (Maarten van Bodegraven), Emily C. Thomas, Emily IJzerman, Richard Sale, Arthur V. Boer and Lukas Engelhardt.