A mirrored artwork is turning heads in Sydney with its eye-catching optical illusion. The reflective stairway to heaven, named the Mirrored Ziggurat, is the work of Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad who recently completed the installation as part of the city’s Underbelly Arts Festival. Located on a grass bank near the bay, the pyramid of mirrored surfaces serves as a staircase stitching together the earth and the sky.
The Mirrored Ziggurat was inspired by the ancient pyramidal Ziggurat structures built in Mesopotamia for religious purposes. The enormous temples had been designed to bring worshippers closer to the heavens and to serve as a bridge connecting the earth with the sky. Abedinirad incorporated those ideas into her design, which she describes as “a staircase, which seeks to connect nature with human beings and to create union of ancient history and today’s world.”
The reflective art installation is made up of seven levels that symbolize seven heavens. When viewed from certain angles, the installation appears to bring slices of the sky down to the ground. The Mirrored Ziggurat is the latest work by Abedinirad, who is known for creating similar optical illusions using mirrored surfaces.
Images via Shirin Abedinirad