Morfai

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

Earth is a galactic lame-o with its single, busted-looking moon. Why couldn't we have evolved on a more dynamic planet like Jupiter, with its posse of 60-plus whirling bodies and gemstone-hued Galilean satellites?

In Lithuania, at least, things have gotten twice as moony thanks to the effort of Morfai, a builder of eclectic street art. Morfai recently ventured into an abandoned concrete building in the city of Kaunas with plastic sheets and armfuls of flaming torches. By the time he left, the upper six stories of the cavernous structure had become home to a glowing, crescent moon.

This video gives more insight into how Morfai staged the surreal scene (and unintentionally provides a primer to making a grade-A fire hazard). In case you're wondering what that strange, spiral design is on the nearby building at 1:52, it's the artist's earlier creation, mimicking a giant, wall-crawling snail.

H/t Ekosystem

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