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Floating Tree Illusion in Germany

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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Whether you want to call it a rural intervention or illusory street art, this fantastic illusion created by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu is convincing. The duo wrapped a tree in Potsdam, Germany with plastic sheet, then carefully painted the background landscape to create the illusion of a tree cut in half. Here the top of the tree floats, suspended in space – and only a video can break the spell to show us exactly what’s happening.

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Two observations of this work: it took a lot of skill to paint a convincing representation of the background; and, it’s a really good thing the weather didn’t change while they painted. As it is, the work would be fantastic to see from a distance, and would certainly draw people from far afield. No trees were harmed in creating this work.

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