Most people see a piano and think that it’s just a musical instrument. Artist and musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer had a different idea when he found an old upright piano on Craigslist. The thing was listed as free—the person posting it wrote that if no one wanted it, the 110-year-old piano was off to the dump. “All the keys were stripped of [their] ivory so I couldn’t salvaged any of it,” Sickmeyer recalled on Bored Panda.
We’ve been fans of Peter Kogler’s psychedelic room installations since last year, when we he wowed us with his warped walls and trippy walkways. Now, the Austrian artist continues to bend time and space with a new series of impressively perplexing optical illusion rooms.
Using simple, intersecting lines and bold graphics, Kogler transforms the simple white walls and flat floors of galleries, typical transit stations, and ordinary lobbies into canvases for his optical illusions. Through busy, sketch-like visuals, Kogler plays with space to challenge perspective and alter existing architectural elements—walls bend, floors rise, and ceilings curve. Though entirely two-dimensional, his engaging and eye-catching designs invite viewers to interact with their surroundings and perceive their environments in new ways—if they don’t fall over first!
You can see more of Kogler’s creative work on his warped website. He also regularly showcases his swirling and spiraling spectacles in galleries across the world, so keep an eye out for his optical illusions.