The Work of Michael Murphy


Messi | Murphy

Leo Messi is the first player to score in every knockout game of a men's World Cup.
Congrats Leo Messi and Argentina on your historic performance!

Illusion - 2022

Multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of 500 toy guns.

Woman Power - 2022

Multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of 1300 stainless steel spheres.

Polina - 2022

Polina is a portrait of a six year old Ukrainian friend of the artist’s family. At the onset of the Russian Ukrainian conflict, Polina and her parents were forced to flee Ukraine leaving their home, school, and careers behind. This image of her was captured shortly after she and her family arrived in Germany in March 2022. This work is about movement, migration and the way in which criminal political parties and their wars affect innocent families.

NO WAR - 2022

Multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of several hundred children’s toys and 3D printed parts. It is meant to serve as a protest to all war. The use of the toys is intended to draw attention to the way they are used to indoctrinate and propagandize children and normalize war.

The Immigrant - A tribute to immigrants. 2019

3D halftone sculpture. When you view the 2,300 wood balls from forty feet away you see an image of Murphy’s wife Natasha. The work calls attention to the positive contributions immigrants make to our communities. Natasha is an immigrant and it's with her help that this piece was made possible. This tribute is intended to introduce positivity into a negative and overly politicized conversation.

SMILES - 2021
New permanent work at the PepsiCo Headquarters in Purchase, NY.

Oh! The Things You'll See! - 2021

Portal - 2021
Michael Murphy, Samsung TV, Cercle Music, and Gorgon City teamed up to create this piece. The art installation, consisting of eleven Neo QLED televisions suspended and spiraling through space, was displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK. The song and video of the performance were recorded at the Skywalk in Biokovo, Croatia.

AIR - 2019

Mulidirectional illusion sculpture for the Sneakertopia pop-up event in Los Angeles, CA.


Identity Crisis

Come Together


CHANGE PAYS installation in the Oculus at World Trade Center One.

Infinite War.

Collaboration with Jaeger LeCoultre

Connected Experiences
Collaboration with Wunderman Thompson for British Telecom.

3D halftone rendering of the Spruce Goose airplane installed at Google Playa Vista.

On view at Canvas Bowery, NYC


Patrick Mahomes | Perceptual Art - Super Bowl LIV | NFL 100

Toyota Highlander. Displayed at the 2019 NY Auto Show.

Dolly. Portrait of a waste picker from India rendered out of plastic waste. Displayed at the Borough Market in London

Bombardier. Displayed at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

A selection of previous works.

CRISIS/HOPE Commissioned by A&E for Intervention TV show

STOP WAR in Worcester Mass for POW WOW Worcester


Trap Muzik Installation for TI

Climate Change is Real


Centerpiece for the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA

Perceptual Wordsearch

Deion Sanders sculpture for ESPN at Superbowl LIII In Atlanta, GA

Centerpiece sculpture for McCormick headquarters

Look CLoser - Commissioned for A&E



V-Cam TV spot for LG

LG Audio

Opener for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Reigning Champ





Young Pope for Sky Atlantic

Make America Great

Flight 23
Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo


Perceptual Shift