Michael Muller's Heaven On Earth
For their annual gala to celebrate the beginning of awards season, The Art of Elysium tapped Photographer and VR artist Michael Muller to express his own idea of “Heaven on Earth.” The Art of Elysium was founded in the 1990s to support creatives and artists whose work focuses on helping individuals navigate illness, hospitalizations, homelessness and many other very human situations. Michael had the honor of serving as the 2019 Visionary for the 12th Annual star-studded Gala Event held in Koreatown in Los Angeles earlier this month.
The gala itself is a piece of art, as it’s the result of the collaboration between artists to put together an iconic art installation. “Asking Michael to be the Visionary has been a long time coming,” Jennifer Howell, Founder of The Art of Elysium, told Flaunt.com. “Watching him evolve as an artist and expand into the virtual reality space has just shown the infinite depth of his vision.” Michael's job was to interpret the theme “Heaven on Earth,” which meant going deep into the depths of one of his favorites places in the world: the ocean. Using four main distinctions of the charity - Fashion & Design, Fine Arts, Music & Movement, and Theatre & Film - Michael envisioned an alternative reality under the sea for his guests. Using 3D and virtual reality technology, along with artist Bea Dunn, gala attendees were let inside Michael’s imagination as they passed by life-size sharks Michael photographed in their own environments. He received the 2019 Visionary Award at the end of the night.
It’s important to note that Michael doesn’t just find inspiration in the ocean, but he has dedicated his life to the preservation and education of keeping our oceans clean and safe for all. One of his favorite VR endeavors includes giving children and those affected by paralyzation the unique and often once in a lifetime opportunity, to swim in the ocean through the use of his photography and a headset device. Michael believes in the dedication to volunteering and how it plays an important role in connecting us as humans.
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