Microsoft has an incredible Star Trek sculpture in the lobby of their Studio D office, an installation that continually gives the appearance that Kirk, Spock and the rest are just on the verge of materializing. But how's it done?
Beads! The installation, inspired by the 1967 episode "Mirror, Mirror," was created by Devorah Sperber, an artist well known for her illusory creations involving unconventional materials. In this case, the crew is made up of spools, chenille stems, and semi-translucent beads, but here, clearly, the whole is greater than the sum of those parts. [Kuriositas]
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