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

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

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

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 november 2011

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.

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