1. Dutch artist Jeroen Bisscheroux has created a stunning optical illusion to highlight the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
2. According to the artist, the 3D blanket - entitled POOL, loss of colour – “unites the tsunami in Sendai and the disaster in Fukushima in one image”.
3. “By transforming the two disasters to a human scale, this carpet makes it possible for people to feel that this disaster should not be [forgotten] as something that happened somewhere far from them,” he said.
4. “The pool equally resembles the suppression pool of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which currently drains highly radioactive material.”
“The expectation is that a vast area of water and land will be unusable for an indefinite period. Human existence, growing crops and fishery will be impossible,” the Daily Mail quotes Bisscheroux as saying.
5. The carpet is currently on display in the Osaka shopping centre.
6. “POOL, loss of colour aims to create more awareness, [and] emphasises the importance of the current events in Fukushima,” Bisscheroux declared.
7. The 2011 disaster killed almost 16,000 people and caused a catastrophic failure at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
You can check out more of Bisscheroux’s work here.