Inspired by a phenomenon called emergence, a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties, artist Thomas Medicus recently turned his attention to creating a hand painted anamorphic sculpture that he calls the “Emergence Lab”.

“On each side of the cube there is one anamorphic painting that can always only be seen from one point,” he explains. “Since every figure fills the exact same surface as its counterpart on the opposite side, the rear image is covered while looking at one figure.”

To create the mesmerizing cube, Medicus uses a total of 216 laser cut acrylic glass strips to create a cubic framework that contains multiple layers pointing in all three axes. Before he paints the fragments of each of the images separately on each of the strips with acrylic paint, the entire segmentation for all of the images is painstakingly planned by hand. Finally, to prevent irritating reflections within the strips, Medicus suspends the sculpture in silicone oil.





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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.