Astounding Sculptures That Cast Shadows of Three Different Objects When Rotated at a Specific Angle

Artist and scientist John V. Muntean creates incredible sculptures that cast defined shadows of three completely different objects when lit from above and rotated at a specific angle he calls the “magic angle“.

As a scientist and artist, I am interested in the how perception influences our theory of the universe. 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.

Specific examples of the magic angle in action include “LEGO Knight Mermaid Pirate Ship” and “LEGO Dragon Butterfly Jet“. Other Magic Angle Sculpture videos are available through Muntean’s YouTube channel.

Thanks Scott Devaney!

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.