Melter 3-D appears to be a continuously moving sphere of liquid metal but, in fact, this amazing sculpture is actually an optical illusion developed by digital artist Takeshi Murata. Recently revealed at Frieze New York 2014, the small chrome sphere sits alone in the corner of a dark room, illuminated by strobe lights from various angles. The lighting is synchronized with rapid spinning to create a hypnotic, repetitive impression of movement.
Murata designed the innovative sculpture with CAD software and the final product blends creativity with technology to mesmerize audiences. When speaking about his work, the artist explains, "I’m very interested in technology and illusion. One of the my favorite aspects of art making is it’s connection to magic. I think there is some connection to magic in all the work I like. It’s a way of showing things in a new light, a new dimension that gives a perspective to recognize some of the illusion around us."