Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah
El Museo del Barrio presents "Methuselah", conceived by the Cuban-born and Houston based artist Reynier Leyva Novo.
The digital artwork virtually reproduces the 6000-mile transnational migratory journey of a single monarch butterfly, tracking its travel from southern Canada across the United States to Mexico. Embodied through the life of a virtual avatar, the epic journey is hosted and reproduced in real time on a specially designed, open-access, dedicated website.
“Methuselah” will be presented as an immersive mixed reality installation. There, museum visitors will be able to observe and experience the monarch’s movements and behavior in a shared environment, where they can follow the butterfly as it flies around them. Along with the specimen’s flight pattern, viewers will have access to up-to-date data, such as the butterfly’s geographic coordinates, time, and weather.
wed, thu, fri, sat 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
mon, tue, sun
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street