Jonty Hurwitz's sculptures reveal themselves in a cylindrical mirror

I have seen artists draw pictures that become unskewed in a mirrored cylinder, but this is the first time I've seen a sculptor use this technique. Beautiful.

The Skewed, Anamorphic Sculptures and Engineered Illusions of Jonty Hurwitz

(Via Matt Richardson in Boing Boing G+ community)



  1. I’ve seen painting of Charles Edward Stewart (the patron saint of wife beating drunkards) like this; created to allow clandestine veneration of their subject, but where is Hypno-toad the subject of an authoritarian crackdown?

  2. impressive effort.  (i think it was a popular parlor amusement back in the heady zoetrope days)  unfortunately, still can’t circle the mirror around the sculpture to play ‘rotate the frog’.

  3. Pretty of the same reaction I have when I see an Escher. Neat, but not much more than a technical exercise.

    1. I like this Escher woodcut a lot:,+m+c+puddle+1952.jpg

  4. I recommend a review of the works of the South African artist William Kentridge if you like this sort of thing.

  5. Nice but why model the back side? Seems what they did was stretch an existing 3D model and just 3d printed it.

    EDIT: Now that I’ve checked out his other work, I can see that the whole of the pieces (the frog is the least interesting to me) work very well in 3D as their own objects. That they form a picture in a reflection is also neat, but the sculptures are quite interesting alone.

  6. Here is a big clue for you new comers to art gazing; “art is not a competition.” You may use it as a mantra if it helps to keep it in mind.

  7. Yes – this was classic way to do subversive paintings – from the politically subversive to the pornographic. The paintings looked like smeared pain until you put the reflective cylinder in the center and looked at the reflection – then poof, a painting of the House of Lancaster hidden from Cromwell’s men! I first saw this during an episode of Lovejoy Mysteries…

  8. Cool!  There is a local Ghent beer Gruut that has something similar… Every Belgian beer is served in it’s own glass, this particular beer the glass has a little mirror on it, and comes with a special coaster.  The coaster has a design on it that when you line it up with the glass, the reflection in the mirror is a girl striking a pose
    The beer is really good too ;)

  9. Really? You think so? My comment was on the artistic quality of work utilizing optical effects, and not concerned with the objects’ nature as three-dimensional or not.

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