Felice Varini’s Incredible Anamorphic Illusions
Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating illusions of flat graphics superimposed on three dimensional spaces since 1979 using the same eye-deceiving technique called anamorphosis. The complete shapes can only be seen when viewed at certain angles, otherwise the viewer will only see some random broken pieces.
Varini’s modern masterpieces have appeared in and on buildings across the world, from King’s Cross Station in London to the hallowed walls of Parisian cathedrals, however the most remarkable work is probably “Cercle et suite d’éclats” where the artist took on the challenge of working at the scale of the village, superimposing perfect circles on the town of Vercorin in the Swiss Alps.
Varini accomplishes these feats by using an elaborate set up of projectors, stencils and employing a dedicated team who works through the dead of night. Once the pattern has been projected onto the building, Varini’s stencil squad then traces round the shapes before covering them with reflective tape, thus creating the three dimensional designs.
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