Peek-a-Box Optical Illusion Kaleidoscope
Peek-a-Box is available in two styles, the traditional box, and the new cylinder design
'Peek-a-Box' Kaleidoscope, open edition - traditional style. Hand painted glass, handmade paper, lampworked glass insect, liquid filled cell, two mirror system. 10" x 2.5" x 2.5" $610
Pee-a-Box - The new cylinder design has the insect appearing to hovering in the middle of what is clearly an open space - except it is an optical illusion, and the cylinder has a hidden kaleidoscope running along the entire length. 10” long by 3.25” dia. $610
'Peek-a-Box' combines a kaleidoscope with a shadow box. The optical illusion is achieved using a mirror set at 45 degrees, and some effort to conceal the placement of the mirror. As you can see from the photo above, even the kaleidoscope mirrors are hidden. It looks as if the viewer is just looking closely at a piece of paper, yet the viewer is actually seeing the following images...
Two interior images from the two mirror system inside ‘Peek-a-Box’
The insects are made by me on the torch using Italian glassworking techniques. I make each glass insect from scratch, but I only need to make half of each insect. After the flameworking, I polish the insect down to an exact half. Once the insect is placed onto a mirror, it appears to be a whole insect, floating in mid-air as seen above.
Quotes from the launch: "This is the most innovative work at the show", "This is the hottest item here", "the most creative kaleidoscope design I have ever seen"' "I have never seen anything like this!", "It's magic!", "Wow, unbelievable...", "I'll take five of them", "How'd you do that?"