Science just keeps finding ways to make the most solid of materials suddenly permeable to light and/or sound- aluminum, wood, even concrete, but bricks beat them all by a long shot for sheer simplicity: all one has to do is turn them on their side!

This curved-wall art installation by Mab Architects takes a timeless piece of construction history and flips it on end, testing limits beyond solidity and reliability as a building material.

The result is rather fascinating even if they weren’t the first to consider standing masonry units on their sides – depending on the angle of view, various colorful patterns appear via lights projected on the exterior. Shadows of people can be seen, or messages constructed and shot through the slotted openings.