The buildings in the town of Vercorin in the Swiss Alps contribute to an impressive piece by Felice Varini, called Cercle et suite d’éclats. The pattern was projected on the town from the vantage point, then traced and painted. Photographs from the same spot in daylight make the town look flat, almost like a postcard. What I’d like to know is how he got the town to go along with it; I could see an easily-repainted suburb in the States being convinced, but this quaint (and much older) town in Switzerland seems like a much bigger challenge. Don’t miss the panorama picture on Varini’s site. [via Core77]

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • jake

    Yes the scale is impressive, but also noteworthy in this vein is the work of georges rousse…


    I’m wondering if they were sold on it by promises of bringing tourists to the town.

  • Andrea

    If you look through the photos on his website, you’ll see it’s all made from tin foil. Or reflective tape or what have you. It’s not painted on, so it might be fairly easy to remove, which would probably convince more people to take part. Still very cool!

  • craig

    haha this would never happen in america… it would require a form of socialism

  • eldon

    This was done 40 years ago in the UK by some people called the Mysterons (google)

    • tudza

      A yes, the Mysterons. This was yet another result of their war of nerves against the people of Earth.

      Captain Scarlet could have foiled this evil plan, but since it involved foil, he played right into their hands.

  • Sir Richard Gozinya

    Very interesting use of perspective and undefined spaces to expose the fragility of human perception vis-a-vis spatial disorientation and socially conditioned response. Clearly a serious and wise comment on the fracturing of modern identity and corresponding personal alienation emanating from postmodern disorientation and angst. Didn’t care for the hidden phallic images, though.

    • Anonymous

      Ha ha. Very smart! Thank you.