Why The Invisible Boxes?


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…

  • Z2d4th

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

    • No,of course. They are painted it’s imposible do something like you suggested Z2d4th

    • glp

      what do you think Z2d4th, that he uses a magical invisible paint, of course its only correctly viewable from one angle. It isnt actually see through and the edges and 3d object must have edges and angles that match correctly which can only be seen from one angle.

    • probably the one angle showed. Seems like it’s like the “invisible man” illusion.

    • Anku

      It’s only invisible in one angle, if it were invisible in any angle, then the box is made from crystal or… the magic of photoshop uuuuuhhh

    • lolz, i wanna know too XD

    • ZL123

      Yeah, only on one to three angles.

    • Nylcaj

      should be for only 1 view/perspective

    • Kok F’ng Chong

      only in one angle as it’s painted on the box

    • jerosite

      As it is painted onto the boxes, I suppose it is in just one correct viewing angle.
      Nevertheless, I love this one!

    • of cuz one angle only, it’s painted on. duh.

    • Hi

      Jeez! You didnt have to be so mean about It glp. But yeah Its only viewable from one angle. Cool illusion, I love this site!

  • 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..

  • way good illusions

  • @Vurdlak:

    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!

  • Jessica

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

  • eric

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


  • Chelsea

    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. =]

  • orange grove

    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.

  • karley

    i don’t understand either. good paint job though

  • chris

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

  • Care Bear

    Why the invisible boxes? Why not?

  • Annishia

    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.

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

  • John

    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.

  • kraftboy

    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?

  • Helle

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

  • patch


  • Marci

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

  • What about Art?

  • “…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?

  • Anh Pham

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

  • sammy


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  • Izumi

    Snake could’ve used one of those :P

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

  • Honey

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

  • 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.

  • MariuS

    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”.

  • Barbara Barron

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

  • Typeaux

    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.

  • me

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

  • kayla

    ok freky but awesome

  • Raemel

    the on correct angle.

    • Raemel


  • cindy

    i think it waz paintd lik itz surrondingz

  • AndreaGJ

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

  • Wow

  • randomnessss

    they be photo shopped

  • Anna

    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.

  • benua

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

  • Ritlee

    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

      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.

  • Pete

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

  • Braedon James Poole

    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

  • Col. Roy Campbell


  • Reidar Beck

    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.

  • DetectiveKitty

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

  • see what i did there?


  • fab

    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..

  • dar

    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

  • Mario

    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.

  • Mario

    *take a pic.

  • LUNA

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

    • only works from 1 angle though

  • moira

    is that a an old type of safe?

  • midurs

    i wonder what they did to make it like that!

  • Ric

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

    • screeching weasel

      No… It’s a box that’s painted to look lie a wall…

  • not telling!


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