There aren't many things in life more enticing than diving head first into a rippling swimming pool on a scorching hot day. But as attractive as this long stretch of emerald green water glistening in the sunlight might be, stripping off and cannonballing straight in would be just a little bit ill-advised.

The optical illusion is the work of French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, and is actually made of 330 lbs of solid marble. Situated on the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre D’Arts et Nature in France, the "Petit Loire" focuses on the way in which marble, water and light interact.

When the marble was cut, he sent it to Portugal to be hand-polished. This, Lehanneur says, is crucial to the illusion. It reflects the light so that "depending on the weather or position of sun in the sky, the perception of the piece is absolutely different," he says. "Just like when the light glints off the sea."

For more great design work, check out Lola Paprocka's new book in which she explores Belgrade’s brutalist architecture.

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