Metalworks Wanaka Ltd owner Ernie Maluschnig creates a new
sculpture for Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World. Photo
by Mark Price.
Those who enjoy being amused, bemused and confused by
visual trickery will have a whole new world to explore from
That is when Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, in Wanaka,
unveils its new collection of illusions.
Sculptors in Wanaka, Invercargill, Motueka and Wellington are
putting the finishing touches to more than 18 new illusions
that have been planned for the last five years.
Four of the illusions are being created by Wanaka
metalcrafter Ernie Maluschnig.
They include a shiny metal ball that will seemingly travel up
a spiral, a cube that appears to turn inside out and a
collection of large nuts that seem to bend straight lines.
Mr Maluschnig revealed the almost completed illusions to the
Otago Daily Times this week.
He said he had enjoyed turning ideas and two-dimensional
drawings into large three-dimensional objects that worked as
With 40 years' experience shaping metal, Mr Maluschnig said
his interest had always been in using his metalwork skills
He was confident of meeting his mid-November deadline but
expected there would be a few late nights.
Puzzling World marketing manager Duncan Spear said the
majority of illusions were being made by four local sculptors
whose work was known to be a "little bit outside the box".
In some cases he had given the sculptors merely a verbal
brief or a picture of what was required and they had created
a model to ensure the illusion worked and then begun a
full-size version, Mr Spear said.
"It's a real trial to see if the illusion is as strong when
it's a sculpture in larger form," he said.
The new collection of illusions is the biggest addition to
Puzzling World since 2001.