Partial Disappearance Illusion

Anamorphosis, Video 16 January 2018 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This video optical illusion was another finalist for the 2017 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  It was created by Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Japan.

Three objects that appear to be identical, are reflected in a mirror.  Oddly enough, different parts of each of the three objects disappear.  For the first object (on the far left), the rooster at the bottom disappears in the reflection.   For the middle object, the entire upper half of the structure disappears, and for the third object (located on the far right), the entire lower half disappears.   When the objects are rotated and the backs are shown, it is revealed that each object is built differently.  From one fixed angle they all look the same, but this is not the case at all.

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The Breathing Hexagon

Animation, Motion 31 December 2017 2 Comments

First off, Happy New Year to all!  Make your New Year’s resolutions and get 2018 off to a terrific start!  Today’s optical illusion is an animated GIF from Gianni Sarcone called “The Breathing Hexagon”.  It appears that the hexagon (or maybe even a 3D cube?) pulsates slowly each time the frame changes.  This is not the case, however, as every ellipse stands perfectly still and only the change between each frame is the coloring.  The entire hexagon shape still somehow manages to “breathe” or pulsate!

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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Picture Perfect by Leon Keer

Anamorphosis, Video 19 December 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Street painter Leon Keer painted this 3D anamorphic work at Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.  The painting features an old Polaroid instant camera with a picture coming out of it that says ME representing someone talking a selfie.  It also features an oversized Barbie Doll.  When discussing the meaning of the painting, Keer noted that:

The forced selfies will consume the unique identity you have and blur upon the existence of the person you are.  Humanity and kindness does not arise from selfishness.

Watch the video located below the picture for some additional angles which show exactly how this installation came together.

(via Street Painting 3D)

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A CHEAP Ambigram

Ambigrams 22 November 2017 2 Comments

Here is a ambigram with a simple and clean design.  It was featured in Ambigram Showcase section of the book Ambigrams Revealed by Nikita Prokhorov published by New Riders in 2013.  It clearly spells out the word CHEAP and is designed in such a way that it could be rotated 180 degrees and still spell the word CHEAP.  My favorite part about this particular ambigram is the way that the H and the E come together to form a well-defined lower case A when rotated.

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Hallway Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 14 November 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

How would you like to walk down this hallway?  It is made entirely out of tiles and while it looks like it is sinking on the right side, it is a perfectly flat surface.   This bizarre hallway can be found at the Casa Ceramica (a tile company, of course) showroom in Manchester, England.  It took a total of 400 porcelain tiles to complete this warped checkerboard design that doubles as the showroom entrance.

 

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Walking on Air

Trompe L'oeil 9 November 2017 2 Comments

In an effort to get drivers to slow down at an intersection, the city of Ísafjörður, Iceland, decided to use a trompe l’oeil painting to potentially fool drivers behind the wheel.  The painting of a pedestrian crossing area was designed so that it appears to be floating a few inches over the pavement.  The “trick” only works when viewed from this angle, but I wonder how many drivers have pumped their brakes as they approach this unique intersection?

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Shared Flame by Philippe SOCRATE

Ambiguous 20 October 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I recently received a copy of a new optical illusion book by Philippe SOCRATE titled Tous les secrets des illusions d’optique (which translates from French to “All the secrets of optical illusions”).  The book was published this month by Eyrolles in France.   Unfortunately, I do not speak French, so I was unable to read the text included in the book.  That did not stop me from enjoying the terrific visuals that Philippe created for this volume of optical illusions.

Presented below is one of the images that I particularly enjoyed from the book.  It is called Shared Flame and is a take on the old face/vase optical illusion concept.  Do you see a candle and flame or two faces looking at each other?

(via Philippe SOCRATE)

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