Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Impossible Art

Impossible objects are illusions in which a physically impossible object is perceived as real. Scientific American has a cool slide show of such objects including mathematician Roger Penrose's famous Penrose triangle, which he described as "impossibility in its purest form". The Lego M.C. Escher interpretations are immensely enjoyable. In Tim Noble and Sue Webster's "Dead White Trash (With Gulls)" (image above from sciam.com), light reveals the sculpture's amazing shadow.