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By on April 8, 2007, with 23 Comments

Shadow Sculpture Video IllusionHy everybody, Happy Easter! I didn’t find any easter bunny or easter egg optical illusions, but I found this cool motorbike shadow, done by Master of Deception, Shigeo Fukuda. If your memory serves you well, you will remember that it is the guy who created that strange Piano. It works in a same way as this pile of welded forks, knives and spoons.

When you project a light behind this pile, it casts a shadow that resembles real Motorbike. Check it! I also posted a video of how it looks. As I already wrote, this shadow sculpture of a motorcycle is built entirely out of welded forks, knives, and spoons, and is based on an earlier concept Fukuda exhibited in his 1965 show “Toys and Things Japanese.” Fukuda creates a 3D object in which the shadow, as opposed to the actual form, represents the actual object. Fukuda says that it is extremely difficult to create a three-dimensional object in this fashion that allows light to evenly penetrate in this fashion. This piece utilizes 848 pieces of cutlery. Enjoy your stay! I’m sorry that this video lacks audio. Would be cool to hear some Heavy Metal music in the background. Would match this clip perfectly!


23 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    yea i got first comment!!!!
    nice, i dont get how that happened??? still, it’s cool

  2. James says:

    This is amazing, pretty crazy how this actually works.

  3. Michael says:

    dude, that’s so cool!
    I don’t think I even want to know how long that took him!

  4. Anonymous says:

    perty kool

  5. Anonymous says:

    Argh, the video illusions never show up in Firefox.. is there any way to fix that?

    • Michael says:

      I am viewing it in Firefox right now :]
      Rarely is your browser the issue when it comes to not displaying images, videos, etc.
      I would make sure your browser version is up to date (11.0, 12.0, etc.), you have the latest Adobe Flash Player and that your Firefox browser options (Content Settings) are not set to restrict the site.

  6. Anonymous says:

    To anonymous 1:46 PM. to see video illusions, open them in safari… never fails

  7. AK says:

    Very imaginative. How is it that in the real thing you cant see the spaces between the ‘wheels’, but in the shadow its perfect?

  8. Red. says:

    The spokes of the wheels are made by putting all the cutlery at the right angle so in the shadow you only see the thin edge of them..

    I hope that made sense?

  9. Dave says:

    This one features in the book The Art Of Looking Sideways – A really interesting book that EVERYONE who is interested in illusions should own!!

  10. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! says:

    wow, how the hell do they do that? so amazing! to Anonymous 1:46 : for me the video does work (and i’m using Firefox) so soz i cant help u.
    so kl!! lol

  11. Anonymous says:

    dont you guys think its strange that it is casting a shadow infront of it with no light behind it. it is so clearly a ligthbox projecting and image onto a white sheet. if there was any proof tht it was a shadow he would move the sculpture and it the shadow would move with it. not impressed.

  12. Anonymous says:

    the shadow is painted…
    remember, hes a master of deception

  13. smnthanne says:

    I DONT FINK IT IS FAKE IT SEEMS PRETTY GENUINE ME if it is fake thats very sad 2 put it on;)

  14. Anonymous says:

    anon 4:42- if you look closely, there is a light source, up near the top middle! *puah* skeptics.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I also think it is a fake in fact it is obvious. There is no way the sculpture can have that shadow and if somebody could do that he will proudly prove it by showin other angles.

  16. Rylie says:

    Wowwas so That Cool

  17. JackAssin says:

    Now that dude is worth Googleing!

  18. Cherry Blossom says:

    That’s Pretty Cool!

  19. CHAD says:

    This is a trick. The reflection is coming from the bottom. Its easy to see there is no light coming from behind the sculpture.

  20. vcg says:

    wow.. cool!

  21. jack says:

    ok. now this is just amazing

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