The Optical Tree by Lisa Pettibone Distorts Its Surroundings

 - Aug 14, 2012
References: pettibone & yankodesign
The Optical Tree is an adorable art installation that mimics the nature around it in a cartoonish way. Shaped like a bare-boned tree, every end of the Optical Tree's branches are topped with a glass orb, quite like the crystal balls that could be found in a fortune teller's tent. These orbs distort their forest surroundings in a visually captivating manner. Magnified, flipped over and more, viewers are given a different perspective that will have them feeling as though they just fell through a rabbit hole.

Created by artist Lisa Pettibone, the Optical Tree is located in the garden at the National Trust Property in Lacock, Wiltshire. The 'trunk' and 'branches' of the Optical Tree have ben crafted out of tubular steel while the glass spheres are hand-blown.