<p>Life imitates store shelves as artfully attired Chinese artist Liu Bolin blends into a display of soft drinks at his <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/beijing-china/">Beijing</a> studio August 10. Assistants later painted him to complete the illusion.</p><p>Entitled "Plasticizer," the piece is intended to express Bolin's speechlessness at the discovery of plasticizer contamination in food products, according to the Associated Press. Plasticizers are additives normally used to make plastic and other nonfood products more pliable.</p><p><strong>Why We Love It</strong></p><p>"Sometimes the 'in-between' moments are most compelling."<em>—Chris Combs, news photo editor</em></p><p>"I really enjoy the optical illusion aspect of this photo."—<em>Web Barr, associate photo producer</em></p><p><em>—Korena Di Roma<br></em></p>

Disappearing Act

Life imitates store shelves as artfully attired Chinese artist Liu Bolin blends into a display of soft drinks at his Beijing studio August 10. Assistants later painted him to complete the illusion.

Entitled "Plasticizer," the piece is intended to express Bolin's speechlessness at the discovery of plasticizer contamination in food products, according to the Associated Press. Plasticizers are additives normally used to make plastic and other nonfood products more pliable.

Why We Love It

"Sometimes the 'in-between' moments are most compelling."—Chris Combs, news photo editor

"I really enjoy the optical illusion aspect of this photo."—Web Barr, associate photo producer

—Korena Di Roma

Photograph from AP

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