How lucky am I to get to share and spread the cool work of of people like John for a living? A little more about the man for those interested, in his own words:
As a scientist and artist, I am interested in the how perception influences our theory of the universe. A Magic Angle Sculpture appears to be nothing more than an abstract wooden carving, skewered with a rod and mounted on a base. However, when lit from above and rotated at the magic angle (54.74º) it will cast three alternating shadows. Every 120º of rotation, the amorphous shadows evolve into independent forms. Our scientific interpretation of nature often depends upon our point of view. Perspective matters.
Having seen shadow art before (and only once in person,) it is mind-blowing to witness and feels like it is melting your brain and your concepts of perception, but in the very best of ways. The idea of shadow art is you see something in person that casts an entirely different image or story in its shadow, and the people with the minds to make it are nothing short of astounding, John V Muntean being a perfect example.