Kristjana S. Williams | The Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel, Rio.
Kristjana S. Williams
The Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel, Rio.
Kristjana S. Williams brings her cartographic art to Rio in time for the Olympics.
The Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio has installed a series of works by the Icelandic artist, including a light projection that plays out on the buildings facade each evening and reflects the share of the medals presented at the Olympics that day.
Kristjana S Williams‘ latest work appears both inside and outside the famous Rio hotel. There are illustrated maps over the reception and concierge desks and a window exhibit depicting various host Olympic cities – including London, Athens and Rio and 2020’s host, Tokyo – which runs behind the hotel and can be viewed from Avenida Nossa Senhora.
The projection work consists of a series of animations of butterflies which are beamed onto the building for ten minutes each evening at 7pm. Each butterfly bears a different country’s flag on its wings, reflecting the particular nations who have had success at the Olympics that day.
Born in Iceland and a graduate of Central St Martins, Kristjana S Williams is an artist whose award -winning work spans illustration, interiors, fashion, design and Fine Art.
By interweaving hundreds and often thousands of eighteenth century engravings, photographs, paintings and drawings with contemporary illustration and colouring, Kristjana creates fantastical artworks juxtaposing traditional illustration styles with a bold modern aesthetic.
Recent awards include D&D in book, Clio Award and first prize in the New York Festivals Grand Prix.
Kristjana S Williams is represented by Outline Artists, see also kristjanaswilliams.com. Client: Belmond (Eva Ziegler & Andrea Natal). Creative Director: Adrian Hulf. Animation (projections): Kristjana S Williams in collaboration with Darren Hanson