Interactive Pop-Up Art Installation to Open at OdySea in the Desert

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – (May 6, 2019) – Step into a three-dimensional world and become the main character of wild, imaginary stories at Surprise Your Eyes, a 3D optical-illusion pop-up art installation opening on May 18 at OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination. From fighting with dinosaurs to walking on the moon to modifying Mona Lisa’s make-up, the art work at Surprise Your Eyes comes to life when visitors step into the painting. An Instagrammer’s paradise, guests will enjoy snapping photos of themselves and friends as they become part of the “trick art” that is quite deceiving at this unique attraction.

“In this exhibition every piece of art is only complete when the viewer enters the frame. It is interactive art that lends itself well to both social media and family fun,” said Ran Knishinsky, Partner and CMO of OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination. “With Surprise Your Eyes, children, teenagers, adults and seniors can easily take part in this exciting experience by stepping into the scenes to strike a pose for the cameras.”

Art has never been so experiential, entertaining and deceptive! Trick art, which is also known as optical art or 3D art, is painted with clever angles so the subject looks three-dimensional when it is really two dimensional and appears to be an actual object—i.e. it looks like a “real” dinosaur for example, not a painting of one. Guests will wonder if what they are seeing at Surprise Your Eyes is real!

Trick art has been around for thousands of years, since the Renaissance Era, when artists often painted in such a way to make a room appear larger or to make a flat ceiling look vaulted. The technical name for this type of art is “Trompe d’oeil,” which in French means ‘deceive the eye’.

Surprise Your Eyes will feature 30 different paintings and optical illusions sure to amuse and surprise visitors. To make the most of a visit, Surprise Your Eyes suggests guests come in groups of two or three to take photos of each other; some scenes require two or more people to interact. Since the experience incorporates taking snapshots of friends and family “in” the art, be sure all mobile phones are fully charged and have enough storage for new photos. Share your experience on social media with #surpriseyoureyes and see how others have interpreted their visits too!

Surprise Your Eyes is located at the OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, AZ. Tickets are $9.95 for adults and children and can be purchased online at or at the venue box office. Surprise Your Eyes hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

About OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination
OdySea in the Desert is a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination that features world-class attractions including OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, BODIES REVEALED, and Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs in addition to 20 dining, shopping, and amusement venues. The outdoor courtyard regularly hosts a variety of events and family entertainment throughout the year. Parking is free and there is no admission required to enter OdySea in the Desert. OdySea in the Desert is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85256, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. For more information please call 480-951-2100 or visit the website at

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