The Visual Artistic Aspect of Moire Effect

Although Moire effect is produced by overlapping two pattern, it can be achieved in many forms more than just overlapping two flat images simply. Here are some example of artists’ previous work, which using Moire effect.

1.Kinetic sculpture

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David C. Roy spent 40 years to design Kinetic sculpture. His sculptures are based on the Moire effect and engineering theory, by continual motion achieving different visual patterns. His work also have narrative theme, the shapes of Moire pattern often present some realistic objects or metaphysics meanings.

2.Installation art


Stiliana Alexeva is obsessed with Moire pattern. She absorbs the notion of change and the thrill of a balance between permanence and impermanence of shape and form. So in her work, she tries to finding a calm resolution by morphing an object to exhaustion and destruction.[1] She warps some wasted wire and installs them on an parallel pattern. As a result of her trial, people walk around her work will experience mutative Moire effects.

3.Space and projected light

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Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, using projectors and sculptures to create a interactive environment called Uncertain Museum.  It is a circular, translucent room that invites visitors to step inside and cast patterns of projected light and shadows from hanging, mirrored discs. Outside the installation, visitors can watch silhouettes of people moving about inside.[2] He want to illustrate a conception of “seeing yourself sensing”, to encourage people understanding the physical world.

4.Moire Paintings


Milan-based designer Andrea Minini cently drew a series of animals images with moiré patterns, creating an unusual intersection between natural forms and mathematics. By using Moire pattern audiences can easily track the motion of the animals.

So as a conclusion, I think we can combine different forms of Moire art to finish our project, maybe an interactive installation which encourage people to feel the relationship between visual illusion and space is a good choice.


[1]Stiliana Alexeva. 2014. Moire Study.


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