Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes

With the lights off, Italian artist Fabrizio Corneli's work looks like pretty but unspectacular—just metal boxes and scraps. But with the flip of a switch, a whole new world of light emerges. His sculptures are cut with a mathematical precision so that light spills out in beautiful, unexpected forms.

Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes

In this piece below called Iperboreo—Italian for Hyperborea—a copper box with a halogen lamp hidden inside transforms into a fireball held in the lands of a spectral, otherworldly figure.

Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes

Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes

Corneli's outdoor installations also play off of light, but this time it's the shifting natural rays of the sun. As the sun moves across the sky, a face appears and then disappears. This one is called Augenblick, German for "moment" or, literally, a glance of the eye.

Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes

In our ordinary lives, light leaks out from windows and door cracks, spilling out uncontrollably into the dark. In the hands of a skilled artist, light becomes a precise, malleable medium that gives unexpected life to ordinary-looking objects. See more of Corneli's work at his website. [Fabrizio Corneli via My Modern Met]

Gorgeous Shadow Art Emerges From These Mundane Metal Boxes