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RGB Murals Use Colored Light Filters To Create Beautiful Optical Illusions

Carnovsky is a creative duo comprised of two Milan based artists, Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Their latest project RGB looks at image creation through a new lens. Each of the RGB images are made up of three layers represented by primary colors.

This starting image is discombobulating and difficult to read. Lines blend together into a rainbow swirl and it’s hard to grasp exactly what you are meant to be seeing. But by applying different primary colored filters to the room, using either filtered lightbulbs or transparent material, a different color in the mural will “pop” and rise to the surface, distinguishing a unique layer from the others. The images revealed are anatomical drawings of the human body or old scientific drawings of animal and plant life, each rising and receding into the foreground depending on the colors at play.

This installation totally reminds us of those graphics on the back of cereal boxes of yesteryear. Thank goodness we don’t have to wait around anxiously for the magic decoder ring to arrive in the mail.










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