Take a Walk On the Bâtiment

Unless you’re Spiderman, hanging off  the side of a building can be rather exhausting and crawling or walking along its facade are even more impossible. Fortunately, for all those wannabe superheroes, artist Leandro Erlich has developed a system that allows you to see what you would look like as a gravity-defying, building-climbing comic book character.

To do so, he created Bâtiment, a massive building facade planted firmly on the ground with a giant mirror sitting at a 90 degree angle from the bottom of the building.

The end result is a building that people can not only climb, sit or stand on, but one where they can watch themselves do these things.

Of course, just as amusing as the artwork itself is seeing the reactions of the people interacting with it. While some people admire their superhero selves, others try to set up more realistic scenes where they dangle from the windows. Even as dozens of people play on the building, others stride briskly over it without ever looking up, apparently uninterested in how they look walking across the side of a building.

The exhibit where the installation was shown has been over since March, so it will be interesting to see if Erlich will end up setting up his creation somewhere else or if that was the only place and time people could interact with the piece.

45 Replies to “Take a Walk On the Bâtiment”

    1. I was thinking the same thing. It would have to be 45 degrees. At 90 degrees they would only be able to see the rafters.

  1. Ummm. That’s not a 90 degree angle, but instead a 45 degree angle, so that the reflection appears at 90 degrees!

    (Things a physics teacher notices)

  2. The mirror would have to be set at 45 degree angle, not 90, to create the illusion. Look closely at the photos and you can also see that the mirror is slanted at 45 degrees, not vertical at 90 degrees.

  3. Nice full scale illusion. Leandro should solve some small imperfections like the deformation and seams in the image caused by the mirror. Also “create” a sky arround the house instead of the reflection of the ground.

  4. Don’t think that’s a 90 degree angle btw mirror and the building on ground. A 45 degree angle more likely.

  5. To get the illusion of the 90 degree attachment the mirror would need to be more at about a 70 degree angle with the building image. Otherwise you would see the plaza behind the photographer and not the building.

  6. this actually gave me a bit of vertigo, looking up at the window in the first panel, i almost thought the cameraman was on the top of a building.

  7. A missed opportunity to create something great. Couldn’t he align the mirror pieces? I mean, if you are goind to do something like that, do it right.

  8. I would believe:”a giant mirror sitting at a 45 degree angle from the bottom of the building.” Not 90 degrees!

  9. ya it should be 45 degree and i think those in it would never see themselves the total illusion will only be visible for where the pic is taken the will only see the photographer.

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