abstract wooden shadow sculptures

It is simply amazing to me how the human brain can dissect shapes and make something abstract on the surface and realistic at a magic angle. Artist and scientist John V. Muntean has made a series of abstract wooden sculptures with oddly realistic shadows.

"A Magic Angle Sculpture appears to be nothing more than an abstract wooden carving, skewered with a rod and mounted on a base. However, when lit from above and rotated at the magic angle (54.74º) it will cast three alternating shadows. Every 120º of rotation, the amorphous shadows evolve into independent forms. Our scientific interpretation of nature often depends upon our point of view. Perspective matters."

Evolution II (Mahogany) 2010



Over the Gate (Patagonian Cherry) 2009



There are so many more of these that you must see. It is amazing! Follow me to his website.