The heads of famous figures float quietly like holographic images in NFN Kalyan’s 3D glass sculptures. To create the effect, his works use multiple planes of glass with layers of the figures features meticulously etched into their surfaces. Viewed from directly ahead, the faces appear completely in 3D; only when the viewer moves to the side do the joined layers of glass begin to reveal the true nature of the illusion.
Thus far, Kalyan has created 3D portraits for Barak Obama, Chuck Close, the Dali Lama and LeBron James in his series titled, Nature of the Beast. He caught a lot of attention for his LeBron tribute, even getting an interview on ESPN which you can see at the bottom of this post. For more of his excellent work, see nfnkalyan.com
If you like these works, be sure to check out our post: 3D Paintings on Panes of Glass.
The interview on ESPN (which incorrectly states Kalyan was the first to use this technique):
NFN Kalyan with his work: