Zara, the giraffe in the teacup you see, can either tickle your fancy, confuse you, or even spark wonderment and curiosity! Have comfort in knowing that any of those reactions are acceptable!

As simple as it looks, this piece of art encapsulates the essence of reality. "It is just a giraffe in a teacup" you're probably saying to yourself, and it is, but what is so thought provoking about this piece is the fact that it is a giraffe in a teacup!

How often do we think about the line that divides reality from illusion and what is possible from what isn't ? When we dive into the depths of matter we reach the fundamental level of nature where things are in more than one place at the same time. It is a world beyond human comprehension, that goes against intuition, and is far from anything we can relate to in our everyday world. One of the peculiar realities that quantum mechanics has discovered, is that if the size of an atomic nucleus were the size of a grape, the nearest electron would be a mile away! If we were to consider those proportions and build a scaled model of the atom, we would quickly see and realize that an atom is mostly empty space. So what appears to be solid isn't solid at all and what appears to be real is actually an illusion.

Here, the line between reality and illusion emerges and the ability to distinguish between the two becomes the goal. From the moment the human mind begins to develop self-awareness, it begins to depend less on imagination and more on its perception, and through the five senses, the mind fools itself into believing everything it perceives, to be real. The mind also places veils between itself and the endless possibilities it can experience. So what is real and possible can only be experienced and achieved if the mind abandons the perceptions it attached itself to.

Zara is able to achieve what appears to us as an impossible task, because from its perspective, the line between reality and illusion is clear. In other words, there’s no teacup when looking through Zara’s eyes (and lenses).