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I held my breath, focused on the people walking around the rim of the swimming pool... and clicked!

Leandro Erlich is an extraordinarily original artist who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but has exhibited his works in some of the finest modern art museums in the world, including Venice, Paris, New York, Nantes, Istanbul, London, Jerusalem and Tokyo... The visionary 41 year old artist, describes himself as "an architect of the uncertain, who creates spaces with fluid and unstable boundaries."

On my recent visit to Kanazawa, Japan, I saw some of Erlich's works in a permanent exhibition at the "Museum of the 21st Century."

To shoot this clever work of art I was actually walking around on the floor of the swimming pool, completely dry. A layer of water suspended by thick plate glass refracts sunlight, creating the illusion of ripples of water on the walls of the pool. A small group of individuals are seen walking around the rim. In the Workshop, "View from top," the vantage point is completely reversed.

By the time you had read the foregoing note, I'm certain you had already realized that this is an optical illusion created by the ceiling comprised of water.

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