Thanks to Hungarian artist Bence Agoston, drug-induced hallucinations can now be an everyday experience. His 3D-printed sunglasses can simulate a visual replica of an LSD trip!
You don’t need a prescription to get these special glasses, only an appetite for the bizarre. Aptly named ‘Mood’, the glasses are made from 3D-printed frames fitted with six different patterned lenses that can be layered in different ways. Each lens has a unique Moiré pattern that filters red, green, or blue light. You’ve got to rotate them – kind of like an optometry device – in order to create different patterns.
The layers can be used to simulate all sorts of wild technicolor visuals. “Because each color filters the incoming lights differently, and the patterns can overlap each other or leave blank fields, the new view is completely random and twisted,” Agoston explained.
You don’t necessarily need to use the glasses to trip out all the time. “Mood can also be used with clear lenses, for everyday living,” he explained. And when you’re in the ‘mood’, all you do is rotate the lenses to escape reality. You could do that any time you like, but Agoston says it’s most effective while on the go.
“The ideal situation for use is during travel, when people listen to music, just looking out the window and watching the ever-changing sights, in perfect harmony with the music,” he said. It especially works well with psychedelic music.
They’re aesthetically appealing too, with a thick, John Lennon-type frame on the bottom. The top is left open, for easy insertion of lenses. The frame is made from ABS – a highly moldable plastic, and the lenses quite flexible. They’re also UV-filtered, so they will protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. “The shape is designed with the aim of simplicity and distinctness, as if the wearer belongs to a kind of subculture,” Agoston explained.
You can read more about Agoston’s trippy invention on his Behance page.
Photos: Bence Agoston