Optical illusion: These art works at Versailles will make you look twice


WEB DESK: If you want to experience something that will leave you spell bound and mesmerized, then you should see the Palace of Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles is filled with beautiful, immoral works of art and embellished design features, but they’re all historic pieces.

Now, there’s a modern art installation that’s turning heads.

Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson installed several large-scale pieces in and around the iconic French palace — most notably a towering waterfall that seems to cascade from nowhere in the middle of the sprawling gardens.

Hold your breathe and have a look at this breath taking work of art.

1. The waterfall

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The waterfall is the most obvious (and stunning) feature of Eliasson’s installation, rising up from the Grand Canal.

2. View from the palace

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When viewed from the palace, the water seems to just pour out of the sky.

3. Engineering

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“This waterfall reinvigorates the engineering ingenuity of the past,” Eliasson explained in a press statement.

“It is as constructed as the court was, and I’ve left the construction open for all to see—a seemingly foreign element that expands the scope of human imagination.”

4. Inspiration from the past

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Eliasson says the waterfall was in part inspired by an unrealized idea that André Le Nôtre, the landscape architect who designed the gardens in the first place, had for the Grand Canal.

The waterfall isn’t the only part of the installation.

5. Fog assembly

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“Fog assembly” also rests on palace grounds. Eliasson said he was using fog and water in the gardens to “amplify the feelings of impermanence and transformation.”

6. Deep mirror

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There are many pieces inside of the palace too. This is called “Deep mirror (yellow).”

7. Hall of Mirrors

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“Your sense of unity,” located in the famous Hall of Mirrors, uses mirrors to create “subtle spatial interventions.”

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Eliasson’s art will be up until October 30.

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