In 2013, Teodosio Sectio Aurea created an enigmatic, DNA type puzzle, consisting of 350 small, metallic balls. The end result appears to be a colorful jumble of balls arranged in an odd formation. But when this design is lit from the correct angle by a light source, a shadow of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous sketch […]
The two illustrations below are nearly identical. The only difference between these two images is the placement of the square shadows beneath each of the cubes. In the upper image, the square shadows are placed just below the cubes making them appear to be hovering slightly above the checkered-pattern surface. In the lower image, two […]
Making creative use of a wooden stepladder, discarded wood, and a light projector, Tim Noble and Sue Webster created an identifiable image of a young man in shadow. The British artists have been working together since 1986 when they met at art school. In 2009, each was awarded an honorary Doctor of Art degree from […]
In this sculpture created by Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita, the shadows cast by a group of carved wooden letters form the profile of a face when lit by a single light source (from the right). Her artwork frequently uses simple objects, light and shadow to form human profiles and other likenesses. More of her artwork […]
Does it look like the woman in this photograph is standing on a flying carpet?
The checker shadow illusion was originally published by MIT professor Edward H. Adelson in 1995. It presents two squares that are the same shade but appear to be quite different from one another. The video below demonstrates the illusion as a light square in a shadow is moved to reveal that it is the same […]
John V Muntean has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. He is also an artist, creating what he calls “Magic Angle Sculptures”. Each of these sculptures resembles an abstract wooden carving. However, when lit from above, the carving can be rotated to reveal three distinct shadows. The video below details Muntean’s sculpture […]