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Rotating Mirror in Human Birdcage Alters Perception of Space

Cage and Mirror is a life-size circus cage designed to fit several people at a time by Copenhagen and Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. The architectural installation is equipped with a dangling mirror inside that transforms one's visual perception of the space. As the reflective circular plane rotates, it alters viewers' perspective of their surroundings into a dizzying ocular illusion.

Despite being made out of sturdy iron rods, the piece appears light and whimsical. Like a lined sketch of an igloo, the structure has a playful drawing-come-to-life appearance. Its lighthearted nature is further heightened by the illusionary addition of the mirror. A video of viewers gazing at the mirror in motion, and the optical effects its spinning causes, can be seen, below.

Jeppe Hein website
via [Slow Art Day]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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