This Is How You Physically Construct a Mirage

Illustration for article titled This Is How You Physically Construct a Mirage

A mirage—you know, like an imagined oasis when you're crawling through a never-ending desert. Or like the phantasmal barge, wrought from 32 tons of welded wire mesh, that's floating in the lagoons of Venice right now.

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That second mirage is actually Croatia's pavilion for the Venice Biennale, a contemporary art event that happens every odd year. It was designed by 14 leading Croatian architects, who formed 30 tons of wire into 40 sinuous layers to create a sort of architectural Fata Morgana.

I'm not quite sure, but I think this pavilion might edge out the Shanghai Expo Seed Cathedral as the architectural work which most makes me question the integrity of space-time fabric. [Pavilion.hr via Arch Daily]

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Top image credit Zelimir Grzancic

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salfrisina1
SalOfTheDead

I thought a mirage was more in the eye of the beholder. What's shown above was popularized in, well, looney toons.

Quit trying so hard Venice! Like I need any more reasons to go to you.