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While Liu Bolin uses his body as a canvas (to perfectly blend in with the surroundings), Cayeteno Ferrer paints delivery boxes to make them disappear in front of our very own eyes! I’m pretty sure it must have taken ages for Ferrer to finish these boxes, yet I’m puzzled what is the meaning behind his work? Ok, I realize some installments are very hard to understand, yet I don’t see any purpose nor story in these…

Why The Invisible Boxes?
Why The Invisible Boxes?
Why The Invisible Boxes?
Why The Invisible Boxes?
Why The Invisible Boxes?


71 Responses
  1. Z2d4th says:

    Did the boxes also invisible in any angle or in one correct view angle only.

  2. I think they are studies.. Not to mention how neat would it be to have a box that has a invisability cloak on it like that.. I can think of ten things I can do with a phantom space like that..

  3. Kool Kid says:

    way good illusions

  4. TwistedTool says:


    Come on dear friend, there doesn’t have to be a certain purpose for this. This is simply called ART! It’s purpose is for us to see, enjoy and admire and, in my humble opinion, these boxes surely manage all three! Don’t you agree, Vurdlak? :)


    I am almost completely sure that the illusion works only from the right angle, my friend!

  5. Jessica says:

    Wow, It must be that someone had painted the boxes to match the backgrounds.

  6. eric says:

    Maybe he is saying people need to pay more attention to their surroundings

  7. nadia says:


  8. Chelsea says:

    Probably because it’s fun! I do it, too, but usually just with pieces of paper and as a painting excercise in colors and textures. =]

  9. orange grove says:

    i’d give him points for sheer awesomeness. imagine walking by one of those boxes and then doing a doubletake. I’d gather satisfaction from getting that reaction from somebody.

  10. karley says:

    i don’t understand either. good paint job though

  11. chris says:

    I can still see them pretty clear, but i always like these illusions :)

  12. Care Bear says:

    Why the invisible boxes? Why not?

  13. Annishia says:

    i think its only one, i had the same question. i like how he did the boxes DARKER than the things around them, and kept the stamps and writing. i think it looks sooooo cool :D

    and also who CARES if there’s no story, they just look awesome.

  14. Sammy Salter says:

    there doesn’t need to be a reason for art – just the aesthetics of it

  15. John says:

    Very impressive! I’m sure these only work from the angle of the photograph. As to the why – probably the only and best answer is “Because he can” – but isn’t that true of all art? I like it.

  16. kraftboy says:

    It seems interesting to me to juxtapose the ubiquity of everyday objects (even trash) and to make them be able to “disappear” within their native environment.

    Isn’t that the same idea as with Liu Bolin’s work?

  17. Helle says:

    I’d guess these awe double exposures. Once taking photos of a hummingbird in my hand, I got an amazing pic.

  18. Marci says:

    I would imagine they’d only be “invisible” from exactly one precise perspective. Move slightly, and it would destroy the illusion.

  19. “…yet I don’t see any purpose nor story in these” ??? These are nice optical illusions! Are you really questioning the purpose of an optical illusion?

  20. Anh Pham says:

    this is cool skill. lot of time to draw the box ha ha

  21. sammy says:


  22. stephen foister says:

    Am I looking away or towards youIMG_0610.JPG

  23. Izumi says:

    Snake could’ve used one of those :P

  24. maybre he wants them to look like goust boxes, or maybe hes copying Lui Bolin.

  25. Honey says:

    This is totally utterly amazing . . . the BEST !!!! …..really cool ;b

  26. Oh I love these, please keep them coming. I loved the one you posted of the car a few months ago.

    Kudos to the artists, beautiful work.

  27. MariuS says:

    I guess it might be some kind of protest against littering? Meaning something along the lines of “the cardboard box is made of a fifth of a tree, don’t waste it” or “recycle the box, don’t let it lying around”.

  28. Barbara Barron says:

    Is it necessary to have understanding or purpose with a work of art?

  29. Typeaux says:

    No controversy here. The artist is merely making a “fool the eye” painting for the same reason Julian Beever makes his astounding sidewalk chalk creations. It’s a smile. And like Beever’s it has to be viewed from a precise viewing spot or it is distorted and loses all of its “optical illusion” effect. I admire the talent it takes to do this well — mixing the colors alone to match the background that closely is quite a feat. Add to that the “photorealism” paint technique, and it shows a clever idea done very well. Beyond that, there is no marketability for such creations. Does there need to be? Artists must create — it is in their DNA. Some get paid. Most do not, even if they’re very good at what they do.

  30. me says:

    cool! maybe that guy has a lot of time on his hands… great website, too!

  31. kayla says:

    ok freky but awesome

  32. Raemel says:

    the on correct angle.

  33. cindy says:

    i think it waz paintd lik itz surrondingz

  34. AndreaGJ says:

    That is a crazy thing but i think so that i can see why the person do that….

  35. randomnessss says:

    they be photo shopped

  36. Anna says:

    I hope the artist dosn’t have a delivery route in my area! I have enough trouble as it is noticing boxes on my porch because I enter my house through the garage.

  37. benua says:

    On the artist site, it says that : Ferrer’s work is a gentle push/pull between permanence and obsolescence…

  38. Ritlee says:

    Okay anyone else wondering why/how he any of the writing or other labels on the box was allowed to show through the paint so well? and if you look at the miller lite bottle… it looks more like a picture rather than a painting? were these boxes photo shopped or paper wrapped rather than painted?

    • Pavel says:

      very nice.
      not so hard to make.
      take a photo and make a transformation in some more advanced image processing program. then print it on a transparent paper and glue on the box.

  39. Pete says:

    Looks fake to me. Photoshop blend. If it is real…why? Also would have to be photographed from very specific angles.

  40. Braedon James Poole says:

    i saw cinees symboles so it coud mean that lots of other contries are working in australia anf the invisable side is no one notices

  41. Col. Roy Campbell says:


  42. Reidar Beck says:

    I´m guessing no!
    If you would look at the box on the last picture from the side you would clearly see that it is not invisible.

  43. DetectiveKitty says:

    I think this is actually really cool and a new twist.

  44. see what i did there? says:


  45. fab says:

    plexi glass boxes .. the third pic is blue color transparent. the first pic the bottle is keeping the painted box straight and its under it .. you can see the empty space down..

  46. dar says:

    QUOTE – Cayetano Ferrer uses existing forms in order to engage in a dialog about the constant flux of the built, contemporary environment. Using inkjet prints on existing objects/architecture that reveal what these objects ultimately obscure, Ferrer exposes the relationship between the built and the rebuilt, surface and hidden, as well the delicate matter of history and memory as the present paves over the recent past in a bid to enrich economies. Ferrer’s work is a gentle push/pull between permanence and obsolescence, inviting consideration of evolution, mutation and modification in our relationship to our immediate environment. – ThreeWalls Staff

  47. Mario says:

    this can easily be done with Photoshop. you tale a pi with the box and one without, you erase the box with some opacity and it looks transparent.

  48. Mario says:

    *take a pic.

  49. LUNA says:

    Well at least you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your package

  50. moira says:

    is that a an old type of safe?

  51. midurs says:

    i wonder what they did to make it like that!

  52. Ric says:

    OMG there isn’t a box there the wallis just painted to look like a box thats invisible!

  53. not telling! says:


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