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See Inside Scientific American Mind Volume 25, Issue 5

These 5 Illusions Turn Ordinary Humans into Superheroes

Superpower your imagination


EVERYDAY SUPERHEROES
Artist Leandro Erlich's interactive installation Bâtiment, exhibited at the 2004 edition of La Nuit Blanche festival in Paris, consists of a detailed facade that lies flat on the ground. With a large, angled mirror facing it, the entire facade is reflected vertically, along with viewers, who can assume poses in which they appear to cling from windowsills by their fingertips or to climb walls Spider-Man-style. Much like Wenner's Spider-Man floor mural, this illusion all comes down to perspective, giving visitors an eerie, impossible experience.

Credit: PAUL ET HENRIETTE

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