British artist Alex Chinneck recently unveiled an awesome new art installation in the piazza of London’s Covent Garden. Entitled Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal my Thunder, the piece presents the fantastic optical illusion that a 40-foot-long building has broken free of its base and floated up 10 feet in the air where it hovers in flagrant disobedience of the law of gravity.

The magical building is modeled on the original architecture of Covent Garden’s 184-year-old Market Building. The structure is mostly made of CNC-cut polystyrene.

"A 14 tonne (15.68 US tons) steel framework and a 4 tonne (4.48 US tons) counterweight were used to support the structure, and Chinneck employed a team of specialists including architectural consultants, structural engineers, steel fabricators, carpenters, and set builders, to help build it. The installation was transported to Covent Garden in pieces by truck and assembled within four days."

The mind-bending installation was transported to Covent Garden in pieces and assembled on site over a 4 day period. It’ll be on display through Friday October 24, 2014.

Click here for a short video about the creation of this amazing feat of art, design, architecture and engineering.

Visit the Covent Garden website for lots of additional info and click here for more photos.

[via Inspirationist, The Telegraph and Gizmag]

San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron beautifully painted this utility box at the intersection of Church St. and Duboce Ave. in San Francisco to make the drab grey box disappear into its urban surroundings and make those surroundings appear more utopian.

The Utility box envisions the mega-supermarket demolished and replaced with a local farmers’ market, but with its rear wall with the mural saved and propped up. This is a vision taken from Chris Carlsson’s utopian novel “After the Deluge” - so this painting pays homage to his homage.

That big mural seen both behind and on the utility box is the Duboce Bikeway Mural, also the work of Mona Caron.

Head over to Mona Caron’s website to check out more of the awesome ways she’s used her artwork to make San Francisco more beautiful.

[via io9]

Singapore-based visual artist and art instructor Ivan Hoo uses colored pencils and pastels to create awesome illustrations on wood panels that are both photorealistic and anamorphic. Hoo’s meticulous drawings look so incredibly lifelike that, when the finished pieces are paired with the actual objects depicted in the drawings, it’s tricky to tell which is real and which is the drawing.

“By working on wood, it gives me a lot of dimension and ideas to create something close to reality and it works really well with pastels, too” Hoo explains. “I started to experiment on wood some years back with mainly portraits as my subject before going further with a different concept.”

Follow Ivan Hoo on Instagram to check out more of his astonishing artwork.

[via WHUDAT and My Modern Metropolis]

Last week we shared a phenomenal time-lapse video of an undulating cloud formation that looks like turbulent ocean waves. Today we’re treated to a tricksy video that turns the ocean itself upside-down. This beautifully surreal video created by freedivers Francisco and Armando del Rosario, aka The Ocean Brothers, along with their friend Armiche Ramos. Together they played with perspective, creative camera angles, and their exceptional ability to hold their breath for extended periods to make it appear as though they’re able to walk on water or fly through the air.

It’s a short video full of beautiful optical illusions, created without using any special effects. It recently won first prize in the 2014 World ShootOut underwater photography competition.

[via PetaPixel and Sploid]

Montreal based artist Mathieu Connery (aka 500M) spent last May through July painting 10 awesome abstract geometric murals on the sidewalks of the city for the second edition of Montreal’s MURAL festival. The festival was officially located along the the Saint-Laurent Boulevard, which is where Connery spray-painted one of his trademark minimalist geometric pieces per week for 10 weeks. When viewed from above they appear to be 3D, turning the urban landscape into a colorful playground and inviting passersby to interact with the art as they move through the city.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Vandalog]

We’ve featured the work of vanishing Chinese artist Liu Bolin, “The Invisible Man,” numerous times before (because it’s just that awesome), but this is the first time we’ve been treated to a time-lapse video of his disappearing act. This was filmed last week at TED2013.

Click here to read a brief interview with Liu Bolin by TED staff about his creative process.

[via Laughing Squid]

Dutch street painter Leon Keer (previously featured here) recently spent three days in the city of Nijmegen in the eastern Netherlands creating a new piece of awesome anamorphic art for an international drawing festival called The Big Draw. Although it doesn’t seem like it when viewing it from the front, this painting measures about 15 meters (~50 ft) long.

It depicts a little girl sitting in an empty trunk playing make-believe with her dog friend. The illusion is so convincing that, the first time we looked at the top photo, we didn’t realize the second girl perched on the inside of the lid of the trunk is a live person posing with the artwork and not part of the actual painting.

[via Leon Keer]

Awesome Anamorphic Artwork isn’t restricted to walls, floors and sketchbooks. There’s a whole amazing subset that, instead of having the viewer stand in just the right spot, requires looking at flat image or sculpture reflected in a cylindrical mirror in order to see it properly.

Last month the folks at Bored Panda assembled a fascinating collection of 23 examples of this mind-bending art form. Here you see pieces by István Orosz, Jonty Hurwitz, Vera Bugatti and Awtar Singh Virdi respectively.

Click here to view the entire post.

[via Bored Panda]

Letters are full of awesome potential. Combine enough of them and you’ve got a declaration of love, a sidesplitting joke, a life-saving message in a bottle, a precious secret, a poem, a novel or a Broadway play. Swiss visual artist and graphic designer Cyril Voilloz manipulates letters in a much different fashion. He treats them as visual playthings that can be poked to squirt ink, peeled from their paper, pulled and twisted from a sketchbook onto a computer screen or opened to reveal their internal components. It’s typography that teases 2D letters into 3D objects and we love it.

Visit Cyril Voilloz’s website or follow him on Instagram to check out lots more of his awesome artwork.

[via Visual News]