Watch this artist hide multiple images in his glass sculptures

  • Thomas Medicus is a glass artist from Innsbruck, Austria.
  • He creates anamorphic sculptures that reveal different images at different angles.
  • They are made of hundreds of hand-painted glass strips.

Following is a transcript of the video:

How an artist hides multiple images in his glass sculptures

Thomas Medicus is a glass artist from Innsbruck, Austria. He creates anamorphic sculptures that are made with hundreds of glass strips.

Thomas: Either when you see the rotating sculpture or when you walk around the piece, you see fragments of images and each 90-degree turn, a new image assembles and then disassembles again.

One sculpture requires a pair of images to create.

Thomas: These pairs of images always need to fill the exact same space so that when you would look at the sculpture, you look at one image. The other image has to be exactly behind the one in the foreground and vice versa.

After deciding on the images, detailed versions of them are drawn on paper. Then, the images are colorized and edited digitally. The digital images become templates for the hand-painted glass strips. Thomas uses traditional stained glass paint. The placement of each fragment has to be preplanned. Once the strips are painted, he starts assembling.The glass strips sit in the slits of a rotating wooden base. A finished piece reveals four different images.

Thomas: I think the most difficult part, that I still find difficult, is finding the right pairs of images and painting the fragments on the glass strips.

They can take up to a year to make.

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