LEGO recently shared a video via its Facebook account that shows how a single, seemingly random brick-built figure can surprise in many ways. Calling it as the first ever multi-dimensional build, this MOC uses perception-based lighting to ‘create’ different shadow images at a turn of a knob. Watch this.
Originally conceived by scientist-artist John V. Muntean following the techniques of what he calls as Magic Angle Sculpture (MAS), he was commissioned by advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather in Singapore to come up with two LEGO builds, which at first glance, seems to be randomly shapeless. A MAS is essentially an abstract-looking object placed on a rod that does not seem to resemble anything until it is rotated and the “magical” shadows appear. Using a total of 41,883 bricks for two separate builds, the magic begins once light is cast at the MOC on certain angle (54.7 degrees) and allowing its shadow to be projected on a flat surface. Turning it on each side allows you to see certain recognizable shapes that can easily pass for an individual MOC or LEGO build.
As it seems, each multi-dimensional build can project three distinct images: the smaller one casting shadows of a dragon, butterfly and a jet, and the larger build showing a knight, mermaid, and a pirate ship. The build rests upon a 3-sided base that has printed QR codes on its each side. The QR codes in turn, directs customers to suggested LEGO sets related to the projected images created by the multi-dimensional build. Muntean shows how he came up with these amazing builds through a time lapse video that he shared via his YouTube channel.
If you wish to know more about Muntean’s Magic Angle Sculpture or to see more of his original works, you may visit his website and browse through his collection and other cool information.