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1200 ping pong balls create optical illusion

Artist Michael Murphy is known for his three dimensional renderings of flat images (see his sculptural portrait of President Obama), and large scale public installations. His latest work "Damage" is a sculpture composed of 1,200 suspended black ping

pong balls which, when viewed from the right angle, form the shape of

an assault rifle. The project is meant as a catalyst for a wider discussion on the controversial role guns play in today’s society.

The work is currently on show at AVA in Tennessee through 29 June, 2013.