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Curio Shelf Optical Illusion

Sci-Art Bloggers Friday Favorites

Would you allow your family heirlooms to be displayed on this shelf? I like the effect of this optical illusion but I'm not convinced that it would be structurally sound.

If your interested in constructing this shelve check out the update at the end of this post.

Book Shelve optical illusion

This is the Sci-Art bloggers Friday Favorites. The Sci-Art bloggers are a group of bloggers that frequently cover that area where art and science overlap.

Below are some postings from our members that I picked for today's Friday Favorites set.


Artsy Science "Creepy Parasites v.1"
Bibi's Box "Top 40 Magazine Covers"
What Is It? "This Weeks Photos"

I hope you enjoy these posts selected for this week. If you have a site that might meet at the intersection of science and art drop me a line and join the group.

Update: Thanks to Daria you can now build this shelf.


Ben said...

i like ur site, heaps of cool stuff.

Gangadhar said...

Hiee first time on your blog...fantastic blog! liked it really!!!

Walt said...

Ben and Gangadhar,

Thank you for your nice comments I hope you return often.


Daria said...

Actually, I can think of a scenario in which this would not only be possible, but provide for a stable shelf.

Walt said...


The basic configuration is hard to reproduce in the real world, but I will bow to your obvious superior ability.


Reece McMillin said...

can you tell me how to do that kind of stuff? my e-mail is dragoon7866@yahoo.com. Please!

daria said...


first of all, you'd obviously not be creating the design exactly as seen. As we have seen many times before on your wonderful blog, such an effect can be reached by creating a frame that is not connected at all sides, and that will only give its unique appearance when viewed from a particular angle.

Yeah, so nothing original there.

But my idea for the stability came from the fact that rather going vertically, the beams could travel horizontally under the shelf, and be screwed into the wall. The additional beam in front will be, well...useless.

Also, I don't image this shelf would look very attractive if looked from the wrong angle. Case in point, this picture I created:


If I had some time on my hands, I'd even create such a shelf for myself. So, thanks in advance for the idea if I ever do!

Walt said...


Thanks, I updated the main post. I hope you don't mind.


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