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This Is What Happens When You Put Rows of Mirrors on a Shack in the Desert

This incredible sculpture installation was created by artist Phillip K Smith III, in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California. By replacing the old weathered horizontal siding with strips of long reflective mirrors, he transformed the neglected and crumbling structure into a seemingly miraculous optical illusion. The results are simply stunning, and you have to look closely to really notice how special it truly is.

This remote shack in the middle of the desert has been transformed by artist Phillip K Smith III.


Phillip replaced every other board with horizontal mirrors…


… and the result reflects the desert surroundings.


The effect almost makes the cabin appear invisible in places, playing tricks with light and the surroundings.


Phillip says “the project is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you.”


If you want to see more about how this cool illusion was created, watch this short video from the artist:

What I love about this optical illusion is that the longer you stare at them, the more you notice. The playful interaction between what is reflected, and what appears to be seen through the cabin makes your brain witch back and forth between what it thinks it sees, and what it’s really seeing. So cool!

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