The interactive optical illusions of Leandro Erlich

"La Torre," 
an optical illusion artwork 
by artist Leandro Erlich (2007)
(Click to enlarge)

I found this via the Make: Online blog, which showed his artwork Shattering Door. I've never seen any of his stuff live, but I'm sure it's better when it's experienced, just like a good magic trick. His best work is interactive, where he plays with our expectations of what we're actually seeing, and if we saw it in person, we'd know we're really seeing it because we'd be right there. His art is accessible by your eyes and body. It would make kids (and the kid part in adults) go: "Cool. That's so cool!"

I also like his staircase that's tilted on its side:

"The Staircase," 
an optical illusion artwork 
by artist Leandro Erlich (2005)
(Click to enlarge) 

This is a closeup of an installation called Le Cabinet Du Psy, (French for the psychologist's office) where you sit inside a room to see live "ghosts," who are actually other people exploring the artwork. It uses a deceptive principle that's similar to Disney's Haunted Mansion ride.

an optical illusion artwork 
by artist Leandro Erlich (2005)
(Click to enlarge)  

I like a lot of his art. Instead of me copying more of it, go to his site and look at The Swimming Pool and The Glass Shop and Window and Ladder and try to imagine experiencing it in person.

More on Mr. Erlich, a bio at the Sean Kelly Gallery>>

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