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People may not be able to visit museums in person right now, but thankfully design houses are bringing the art outside for everyone to enjoy.

In May, D'strict, a digital design company, unveiled its latest project, "The Wave," in Seoul, South Korea.

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The design house describes its creation as an “anamorphic illusion,” which they created using the largest and highest definition outdoor advertising screen in South Korea. The illusion works by distorting the projection so when the viewer looks at it from just the right angle it appears to come alive with depth effect. According to the design house, the screen they used to create this gorgeous digital piece is a whopping 80.1 x 20.1 meters (about 262 x 65 feet). The screen’s resolution is 7,840 x 1,952 pixels, which is nearly twice the resolution of normal ultra-high-definition, meaning this wave looks almost identical to the real thing.

Just as the name implies, the installation shows a massive wave on loop, crashing against the screen over and over again. It’s so massive and so crisp that it makes those underneath the projection feel like the wave could crash down on them at any moment.

The forward-thinking installation also happens to have a perfect futuristic home in K-Pop Square at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in the city of Gangnam in southern Seoul.

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According to the Evening Standard, the installation took nearly two months to build and took special attention as two LED displays needed to be fused together. However, with cured edges and more than 30,000 separate LED display modules, that was no easy task.

But, it all appears worth it in the end. Not only can viewers see it in real life while it’s on display for 18 hours a day, but everyone at home can see it too on YouTube. Just be careful as the video is so mesmerizing you could lose an entire day to watching it on loop.


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