Sure, this may not be functional, or practical for that matter, Takeshi Murata’s liquid, shape-shifting 3D orb is a real object. This installation is officially called Melter 3D, and it made its debut at Frieze New York 2014 as a single object under controlled lighting. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Here’s how it works, according to Murata: “It animates in real-world space using the same principles of a classic zoetrope, except it uses strobe lights instead of slits. I designed the objects with CAD software and it was produced using a CNC mill.”