We’ve all seen the famous Young Girl-Old Woman illusion, but Swiss artist Markus Raetz has taken perceptive illusions into the third dimension. The septuagenarian sculptor and conceptual artist has been blurring the line between illusion and reality with his sculptures and showing his intriguing works all over the world at shows, Biennales, and museums for over forty years. Each one of his pieces transform from one form into another as they move or the viewers move around them; sometimes abstract forms are the intermediates while others are recognizable all along.
Inspired by the Greek myth of Metamorphosis by Ovid, Raetz reiterated the story:
“A woman is changing into a laurel tree. It is not the two images—of the woman and the tree—that are interesting. The moment of change is the most fantastic” (Kim Bennet).
Just like the myth, in Raetz’ pieces the moment of metamorphosis is sensational. Be sure to check the titles above each quick video tour of his sculptures so that you can catch each one of Raetz’ phenomenal transformations. To learn more about Markus Raetz and his history as an artist, read his biography.
“From left to right”
Look in the middle. What did you see?!
Another View of the Head
Documentary of Marcus Raetz