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Illusions by alexey ,  Aug 4, 2014


Photograph via Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Photographer’s Description: Some of the magic beauty of glacier ice lies under its outer surface. One either needs to strip the surface layer or go underneath it to see its real beauty.

The centuries old ice coming down the slopes of Öræfajökull via Svínafellsjökull glacier has had almost all of the air pressed out of the ice. Once air has been pressed out the ice turns into this magically blue crystal like ice. The outer surface of this ice (the surface of the glacier) gets bombarded by weather, sun-rays, dust and other things and it transforms the crystal blue ice white. Hidden under the white surface is the blue ice.

This blue ice can be seen however under certain circumstances. It can be seen in winter after long periods of rain when the surface layer of the glacier has been washed away. It can be seen in ice-caves like this one (unsafe in summer) and on floating icebergs that have recently rolled over.

This ice cave is on the edge of the glacier where it enters into a lagoon. It is only possible to access it when the lagoon is frozen. Ice caves are in general unstable things and can collapse at any time. They are however much more stable in winter when the cold temperatures harden the ice. Even so we could hear constant cracking sounds inside the cave. It was not because it was going to collapse but because the cave was moving along with the glacier itself. Each time the glacier moved a millimeter loud sounds could be heard.


Artwork by FRANCOIS ABELANET | Photograph by Eric Tenin

An anamorphosis is a distorted picture that finds its original aspect ratio and makes sense when viewed from one angle. The artist François Abelanet has mastered this modern variation of trompe l’oeil, which he shows through a new masterpiece of land art which will be on display until July 15th on the steps of City Hall in the center of an ephemeral garden dedicated to urban trees.

With its geometric lines in 3D, the work gives visitors the illusion of a relief and covers 1500 square meters. It measures 100 meters long and requires 1200 square meters of lawn, 300 m² of sedum and 650 m3 of straw and sand. About 90 gardeners and technicians were mobilized continuously for five days for the completion of this ephemeral work of art.

This huge contemporary garden questions the link between nature and city, and their difficult coexistence. At the intersection of architecture, decoration and land art, the work “Who to believe?” shows the marriage between town and nature and between mineral and vegetable. A fleeting image that evokes the urban and the regular planting of trees along the streets.

With “Who to believe?” François Albaret invites the viewer to feel and experience the fundamental place of nature: “We live in a world where one intends to discuss the ecologists, scientists, industry … I wanted to just focus on the problem of the tree and to invite people to consider the place, the tree, nature and the environment for them. I wish for people to ask the question to themselves and feel how the environment is fundamental. ” [Translated from]