Multi Layered 3D Sculptures by Michael Murphy

Georgia-based artist Michael Murphy creates these amazing multi-layered sculptures - a series of dissected layers, forming a figure when viewed from the right angle.

Murphy's 3D hanging sculptures appear as if they're paintings if you stand in the front of them, but from other angles you'll see the layered pieces that are hung and stacked on top of one another, creating the illusion of behing a cohesive, flat whole.

In addition to the optical illusions he creates, Murphy works in a variety of mediums that include nail portraits, wire sculptures, sound installations, and shadow portraits.

Composed of 40 hand-cut wooden plates that are individually suspended from a wood and steel frame, “In God We Trust” creates the illusion that you’re looking at one large Christian cross. Taken as a whole, the sculpture is an illustration of the relationship between church and state in contemporary American politics.

"Inspired by the show title 'E Pluribus Unum,' the work is literally one larger whole composed of many parts. E Pluribus Unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when Congress adopted 'In God We Trust' as the official motto. Currently the motto can be found on American currency, license plates, in the lyrics of the Star Spangled banner, on the Pennsylvania State Capitol, on the flag of Georgia, on the flag of Florida and numerous other government owned structures and documents."

"Many have questioned the legality of this motto because they state that it violates United States Constitution which forbids the government from passing any law respecting the establishment of a religion. Critics contend that the use of the motto by the United States government is a direct violation of the First Amendment and the Separation of Church and State. It promotes theistic religion at the expense of a non theistic and secular worldview. It promotes the belief in a singular deity in a country that is presumably polytheistic. In short, America is not a Christian nation and the lives of millions of it's citizens are affected by Christian ideology every day. The motto reinforces this problem."

Red Cross for Health care Reform


Wire portrait of President Barack Obama

Shadow portrait of President Barack Obama

Bamboo portrait of Moses Collins



People's Memorial to Martin Luther King

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