Claudia Miranda
UX + XR designer, new media artist, and content creator living in Oakland, CA

Anthesis 3D Hologram

3D model + animation




Ongoing project in development @ Gray Area Incubator


Anthesis is a digital plant avatar the can be displayed as a holographic illusion. The appearance of the flower avatar is determined by a series of questions posed to the viewer. The outcome of the questions is one the diagnosis as one of four archetypes. The archetypes all have different blooms who's appearance symbolizes aspects of the individual archetypes.

It is intended to provide an opportunity for self reflection as the viewer sees themselves represented symbolically in the blooming flower.

As a physical component to the experience, I am creating an Instructable project for a hologram viewer. As part of a proof of concept I created an installation for the incubator showcase using a monitor. Most screens work for use in a hologram viewer.


I developed a visual language to use alongside the archetypes the viewer will be able to embody in future versions of anthesis. The flower used in the hologram demo is a visualization of the supplicant archetype.  The begging bowl inspired concentric petal growth symbolizes a state of mental surrender to the simplicity and emptiness of the present moment. The metaphor is furthered by the representation of an organic object in a digital format.


The first incarnation of this work in progress is as a hologram utilizing the Pepper’s Ghost illusion. The flower geometry is created, textured and animated in Maya. The firefly particle effect was added in After Effects.

Next steps

  • Import the model into a three.js scene with animation and add interactivity.

  • Create an environment for the experience.

  • Explore the model and environment possibilities in webVR.

The source code and assets are shared on GitHub.

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aesthetic progression


3D Sketches