The Making of "The Bright Beneath"

Follow an artist from inspiration to installation in this short video. It features the work in the exhibit, "The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Huang created the installation of light-filled, animated objects after a careful study of bioluminescent marine animals in the museum's collection. Bioluminescence is the process of producing or emitting light; many organisms use it to communicate underwater. By suspending his billowing, bright, plastic creations high in the air, Huang encourages visitors to imagine what it might be like to encounter bioluminescent animals floating in the deep sea