These dissected sculptures of common objects will make you question reality

The more you observe a dissected object as a whole, the less clearly you can see its inner workings.

Artist Fabian Oefner explored quantum physics' uncertainty principle by dissecting everyday objects.
Fabian Oefner

Quantum mechanics’ uncertainty principle states that one cannot measure the position and momentum of a particle at the same time, because any attempt to measure its position in space will alter its momentum.

You can measure one parameter and ignore the other, but you can never know everything at once.


In a series called Heisenberg Objects, artist Fabian Oefner explores the uncertainty principle in an approachable way: by slicing up everyday objects and reconstructing them so that the inner and outer layers are visible.

Fabian Oefner
A deconstructed Leica camera, frozen in time. Fabian Oenfer

Oefner accomplished this by freezing the objects, like shoes and old school tape recorders, in resin. He then sliced them apart and put them back together.

Fabian Oenfer

The end results are objects that clearly resemble their original form, but through a distorted view that skews perception. They’re visually interesting pieces — and perhaps a nice way to recycle used goods, too.

Fabian Oenfer

Oefner’s sculptures perfectly convey the idea of the uncertainty principle. The closer you try and focus on this camera as a whole, the less you notice the individual pieces, and vice-versa.

Fabian Oefner

“As an observer, you are never able to observe the object as a whole and its inner workings simultaneously. The more accurately we see one view, the less clearly we see the other.”

Fabian Oenfer

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Head over to Oefner’s Instagram to check out more of these reinterpreted objects.


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