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Ghostly 3D Ship Projected onto Vertical Sheets of Water

Appearing at the Amsterdam Light Festival this year is a mysterious illusion by the Romanian architecture collective visualSKIN. Titled Ghost Ship, it's a 3D projection of a 17th century boat set against a backdrop of water. Two intersecting images project onto vertical and perpendicular planes of liquid that together, render an eerie artwork that's viewable from many vantage points.

To craft their incredible piece, visualSKIN used four water pumps mounted onto a pontoon, floated out, and positioned in the dock. The pumps create screens of water that rise about 30 feet in the air and cross at 90 degrees. It's illuminated thanks to two old-fashioned stage lights at the side of the dock. Ghost Ship isn't immune to the natural elements, and this only adds to the allure of the piece. Windy conditions cause it to blow and wave, making it look like a true apparition.

If you find yourself in Amsterdam, there's still time view visualSKIN's handiwork. Ghost Ship is up until January 18, 2015.

visualSKIN website and Facebook page
Photos by Janus van den Eijnden
via [Colossal, designboom and Interesting Engineering]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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