While there are many tools available to build just about anything 3D, curiosity is the main ingredient when it comes to creating a hologram. It all starts with the inventive gamble: "I bet this would be cool to see in the Looking Glass".
As the Looking Glass is the world's only desktop holographic display, a great deal of the work displayed in it is a holographic first as well. That means that there are still plenty of things that we have yet to see appear as a hologram in the Looking Glass.
Our good friend Mercy had a similar inclination that led to them porting the work of one of their favorite artists in their Looking Glass. Kazuki Takamatsu makes paintings of depth maps that at times can feel darkly somber, but I personally find them to be incredibly compelling too.
Mercy shared three of Takamatsu's pieces as holograms on their Twitter and we were blown away to see them. As holograms, Takamatsu's work appears as static clouds of animated smoke that I can't stop staring at. I'm not the only one either.
While yesterday's post was centered around converting 2D work to 3D, Takamatsu's work is 2D work that communicates enough depth information that lends itself nicely to being made into a hologram.
When 2D artwork is capable of communicating a certain degree of depth, it's even easier to turn convert it into a hologram that you won't be able to turn away from. Suffice to say that if you like something in 2D, making it 3D only makes the work that much better.
**this is part of our “100 Days of Holograms” series, where a few of us in the team at Looking Glass Factory post one new wonderful or weird (or both!) use for the Looking Glass holographic display being conjured around the world each day.