This short animation by Netherlands-based Studio Smack reinterprets Hieronymus Bosch's painting entitled The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490–1510), turning the figures into 3D models with their own animation loops wandering through the landscape. The original painting consists of three scenes: The left panel depicts God presenting Eve to Adam, the central panel is a broad panorama of socially engaged nude figures, fantastical animals, oversized fruit and hybrid stone formations. The right panel is a hellscape and portrays the torments of damnation. Paradise was commissioned by the MOTI Museum in the Netherlands for the exhibition New Delights, which is part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500-year anniversary.
In their latest work, the group cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Bosch’s painting and reconstructed it into a hallucinatory 4K animation. The creatures that populate this indoor playground embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence. All characters are metaphors for our society where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves - unlike Bosch's version, where all individuals more or less look the same. From a horny Hello Kitty to a coke hunting penis snake. From an incarnate spybot to headless fried chickens.