3D Grass Globe at Paris City Hall


Artist François Abelanet plays tricks on our eyes, making us believe there is a three-dimensional grass globe sitting right in the middle of Paris' City Hall. When viewed at different angles, however, the illusion quickly falls apart.

Who to believe? covers 16,000 sq ft (1500 sq m) and measures 330 ft (100 m) long. Approximately 90 gardeners worked for five days to assemble the entire display.

The official press release states that the installation is supposed to "question the link between nature and city, and their difficult coexistence."




Side view reveals the actual shape




Five day installation of the piece


Aerial view of the installation process


Photo credit: Mairie de Paris / Deborah Lesage
via [Paris], [Designboom], [Gizmodo]

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Tags: 3D Grass Globe at Paris City Hall, François Abelanet, Paris, art, design

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Comment by Bill Evans on August 8, 2011 at 1:04am

This video of this illusion really shows how breathtaking an optical illusion it is.
Comment by Aurel' on July 11, 2011 at 1:54am
Shame one me! I have to read an american blog to know what's happening in my city... Am definitely going to see that !
Comment by Amy Wong on July 8, 2011 at 6:17pm
Man that was really trippy!
Comment by dean cummings on July 8, 2011 at 5:09pm
Breath taking
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