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A Mirrored Installation Lets You Crawl Up Walls Like Spider-Man

February 22, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
LeandroErlich_batiment.jpg"Batiment (Building)" uses simple mirrors instead of digital trickery to create a vertigo-inducing illusion.

February 21, 2012 by John Pavlus via ISPR
-- Augmented reality! Kinect hacks! Enormous video projections! We've seen all kinds of wacky digital ways of making immersive, arty illusions. Here's what we love about B√Ętiment (Building) by Leandro Erlich: It just uses mirrors. To do what? How about float in midair, scale a building like Spider-Man, or defy gravity like someone in an Escher drawing (or David Bowie in Labyrinth). Is that "immersive" enough for you?

The design trick behind Erlich's installation is child's play: Build the facade of a building on flat ground, and then erect an enormous mirror standing perpendicular to it. The "building" is reflected, life-sized and standing-up, in the mirror. But because the physical facade is safely on the ground, anyone can walk around or lay down or otherwise playfully pose themselves on it, and look up to see themselves "stuck to" the mirror-building's vertical surface.

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