November 15, 2012

Trick Eye Museum

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to do a lot of interesting activities. I was able to walk through and enjoy a Trick Eye Museum, then my friends and I went to a Free Market, and finally I enjoyed a visit to a Cat Café.

The day started off as I made my way to the city bus terminal, where the plan was to go to Seoul and meet up with several friends for a day of exploring. We had very specific plans as far as where we were going and I was looking forward to it.

Luckily, I was able to arrive at the bus terminal just in time to catch my bus. I had less than five minutes to spare. I quickly boarded, and took my seat. After arriving at the Seoul bus terminal I met up with my friends, and we started making our way to Hongdae. Hongdae is considered the “artsy” area of Seoul, home to several art museums as well as Hongik University which attracts many design students. If you happen to be familiar with Seoul, Hongdae has an exciting night life as well.

After we gathered everyone we made our first stop the Trick Eye Museum which is very popular and has increased in popularity since the publication of an article done by CNN. I personally had wanted to go for a few months, because many of my other friends had visited one and it seemed like a lot of fun.

A couple of things surprised me about the museum. The first thing that surprised me was that it was in the basement of a building. It was still much larger than it let on for being in the basement. The cost of admission was $13, and at first, from what it looked like, on the outside I felt our group was overpaying.

Then I got to experience everything and it was so much fun. The building looking small was also part of the illusion, because it was essentially a corridor wrapped and curled around the main hall of the museum. It was some of the best fun I have had in months.

I guess I should explain more about what trick art is to help you understand. Trick art paintings are regular paintings; some were classic pieces of art and others were just made for the museum, but each has a twist. All of the paintings are 3D interactive, and a person can pose along with the painting in order to take a picture and become a very realistic part of the exhibit.

A recognizable piece of classical art is the Scream, and the twist is very childish, but hilarious none the less. The twist for this particular piece was that the painting continues to the ground with the Scream’s legs showing and with his pants around his ankles. For the record, the Scream prefers white boxers with little red hearts on them. A person can pose with this picture and it will look like they’ve pulled his pants down.

Another memorable painting was a painting with a rhinoceros running through it. A fun painting was a wall mural that looked as if it was a bank that had been broken into, and money was flying everywhere.

If you are looking for a culturally fun time, and yes I used those words together on purpose, I highly recommend a trick art museum.

The Good: A fun interactive day at an art museum.

Image Credit: John Van Uytven

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