After having a call with the artist, I realize he created something remarkable. His work is full of thought provoking imagery. Through his use of perspective, detail, proportion, scale and color, Metageist created a very real- looking image. The artist has brought a vivid visual experience to us. He makes viewers feel present in virtual space as a spectator.
He is a master at utilizing perspective. First of all, he is allowing the viewers to explore the work as if they were an insect and using virtual reality tools to simulate a complex, naturalistic 3D environment for them to navigate. The scale of this overwhelming statue is larger than life, so that the sculpture towers far above the viewer. This gives it a sense of godlike grandeur.
The focus on the fly’s perspective makes the viewers feel small and insignificant in this virtual world.
A fly is usually considered insignificant, and I believe he is making a correlation between humans and the fly. Compared to the metaverse and the statue he created, a human’s presence is insignificant. In terms of scale, the fly is incomparable to the metaverse but it still makes certain choices just like a human. He really wanted the viewers to acknowledge the presence of fly. From the beginning of the video, you hear the fly buzzing and the focal point shifts to the head of the sculpture, as it gets closer to the statue. The artist wisely chose the fly to give the viewer the sense of the scale of the statue.
With the grand music, we start zooming into the sculpture. Viewers get to see the sculpture from different angles, and the perspective starts to zoom into the piece and finally the fly goes inside the statue’s mouth. There is a slight hint that the fly was part of a larger colony inside the statue because there are other insects living in the head.
The title “The Hierophant” tells us that this statue represents a spiritual guide in the metaverse. The statue is like a temple for the insects. Like the tarot card figure he is named after, he possesses mystical or religious wisdom.