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 building’s 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. The light shows have been co-directed and animated with Darren Hanson.


Kristjana S Williams is represented by Outline Artists, see also Client: Belmond (Eva Ziegler & Andrea Natal). Creative Director: Adrian Hulf. Animation and Co-Direction on Projections: Darren Hanson

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