Carsten Höller’s Carousels Alter Perceptions With Reflections & Optical Illusions [Pics]

The Belgian artist provides a different experience to the traditional fairground merry-go-round.

The Brussels-born and Stockholm-based artist Carsten Höller won the Enel Contemporanea Award this year for his Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes. His work allows visitors to interact with two moving carousels, which move very slowly in opposite directions, allowing people to get on and off the ride freely. Around them, visual lines in an apparently intersecting pattern create an overall destabilizing effect, in an experience that distorts spatial perceptions.

Höller’s Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes will be on show at the MACRO museum in Rome, Italy from December 2nd until February 26th. His Mirror Carousel is currently on display at the New Museum in New York until January 15th, as part of a retrospective of his career entitled ‘Experience’. Click through for pictures of both the Mirror Carousel and the Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes.

Carsten Höller

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