Banana Mania – it’s not a fake

November 12, 2010 @ 12:28 in Inspiration by Studio Ludens

Yesterday, this decorative banana was featured on BoingBoing. Some folks over there were convinced the laser-engraved banana was a fake, because (1) the pattern looks like an overlay, (2) the hand is too small compared to the banana and (3) none of the fingers actually curl around the banana.

The banana in question
The photo / banana / hand that was deemed “unrealistic”

I understand that deep-rooted skepticism is the safest stance in a world where most of what seems real isn’t actually so. Let me therefore help you regain your faith in laser-engraved bananas again :-) .

This is a real lasercutter

The banana has been cut on this lasercutter in our office. It’s not a dummy, it’s real. And don’t get started about how the shadows look off…
Lasercutter at Ludens office

This is a real hand

The hand holding the banana belongs to Lotte and is indeed not as humongous as mine. It is real nonetheless. And to those who called it a midget hand: that’s just rude. Feel free to use the comments to apologize to Lotte.
Comparison of Lotte's hand with Wouter's

This is a real pattern

I made the pattern with Repper, our pattern tool. It’s not an ancient islamic pattern, it was created 1 day ago.
The banana pattern in the Repper tool

This is a real engraved banana

I guess only a video would convince the true non-believers. Granted, I could have imposed the pattern on this video as well, but that would take much more time than just engraving the banana (which took about 15 minutes).

This is a fake

Sure I can make a fake if I want to. Here is one. Now convince me it is real :-) .

Opera House with Repper pattern superimposed
CC-licensed photo by Andy Clarke