Massive Wave Crashing In A Seoul Aquarium Is The Largest Anamorphic Illusion

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2 min readMay 23, 2020

If you’re walking down the street in Seoul, South Korea, you might find yourself looking up at an enormous wave crashing over you, in what looks like the biggest aquarium ever made. Except it’s not that. It’s the world’s largest anamorphic illusion.

In the center of Seoul’s version of Times Square, a giant wave appears as though it could crash down upon the masses at any minute. But what’s actually happening is an incredible anamorphic illusion by South Korean digital design firm d’strict. By merging art and technology, they’re expertly creating an immersive and entertaining experience.

In the past, d’strict has worked with holograms, projection mapping, and much more to bring a K-pop theme park and other spectacles to life. Now, they have tackled South Korea’s largest digital advertising screen with their installation Wave. A massive 80.9-meter wide by 20.1-meter high (265′ x 65′) screen is the canvas for their work and they take full advantage of the space.

Besides the anamorphic ocean wave illusion and the Nexen UniverCity project, D’strict is also responsible for a number of other noteworthy projects within the vein of awesome visual displays, including the interactive visual experience at Cafe.Bot and the 3D bit of “digi-tainment” in the form of the Lotte World Magic Circle.

Some call this Seoul’s version of Time Square as its gigantic LED display is more often used for advertising and K-pop rather than anything else, illuminating the night skies of Seoul. However, despite it being the largest screen in South Korea, area-wise, the largest screen in the world is the Suzhou Sky Screen in Suzhou Industrial Park, China, covering an area of 16,000 square meters.

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