Optical Illusion Coffee Mug

Miscellaneous 20 July 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I recently came across an interesting coffee mug that is available for sale on Zazzle.  As a fan of optical illusions, I thought it was a very clever design for an otherwise ordinary drinking vessel.  The spatial geometric design gives the illusion that the mug is concave rather than having a truly cylindrical design.

If you’d like to order your very own optical illusion coffee mug, you can find it here.

 

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Dynamic Muller-Lyer Illusion

Animation, Estimation 5 July 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Gianni Sarcone emailed me earlier today letting me know about a new animation that he created based on a classic optical illusion.  The animation consists of 26 different frames and helps to demonstrate the Muller-Lyer illusion.  In this illusion, discovered in the late 19th century, the presence of arrows gives the appearance that equal segments of the line are different lengths.

Have a look for yourself.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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Sand Cube

Anamorphosis, Video 29 June 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This huge anamorphic work of sand art was created on the Pléneuf Val André beach in Northern France with the intention of eliciting the curiosity of people on vacation.  It should go without saying that it accomplished its goal.

With the help of some advanced calculation and several people with shovels, this “cube” slowly came to life over a very large span of sand during low tide.  This “Sand Cube” impressed onlookers and beach-goers for a few days until the ocean’s high tides finally destroyed this work of art forever.  The town’s Office of Tourism was pleasantly surprised and impressed as it attracted many people to the beach who wanted to witness it for themselves before it was completely reclaimed by the sea.

More photographs of the “Sand Cube” from various angles can be seen below.  It is enjoyable to see how the general public reacts to this unique piece of anamorphic work of art.

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Algae by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Estimation 9 June 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The six thin strips within this circle, created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, appear to tilt alternately.  In reality, each of the strips are all parallel with one another.  It certainly does not appear that way, but if you hold up a straight edge to the side of each of them, you will see that they are all perfectly straight and parallel.

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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World For All Advertising Campaign

Ambiguous 30 May 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I originally saw this series of images on the homepage of  Optical Spy while searching for new optical illusions to post on this blog.  I wasn’t sure if this was something that they created internally, or if they were something that they had found elsewhere on the Internet.  It looked like a series of professionally-shot photographs, so I figured that it might be part of some larger advertising campaign.  Upon further digging, I quickly discovered that the three photographs in this post were used as part of an awareness campaign for “World For All”, an organization that finds loving homes from stray animals in Mubai, India.

The photographs themselves are credited to Amol Jadhav and in each of them, a series of people are interacting with one another.  Take a look, however, at the white space between these people and see if you notice anything else hidden within each picture.

Two additional images from this advertising campaign can be found below.

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A New Wall by István Orosz

Impossible 23 May 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Have a look at this piece of impossible architecture drawn by István Orosz and try to figure out how it was built.  Obviously it could not be constructed in the real world, but fortunately on paper (or on your  screen) this type of design can absolutely exist.  Notice how each of the three doorways are facing in completely different (and perpendicular) directions.  István has created drawings with similar perspective inconsistencies before.  If you would like to see more of these, be sure to check out his Corner House and Impossible Tower.

(via Utisz)

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Refraction Stereogram by Gene Levine

Stereo 5 May 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Here’s a new stereogram from Gene Levine.  There is no hidden image here, but if you stare at it, the individual columns will fuse together to form a 3D image of the woman diving into the water.  This image took Gene quite a bit of time to create, but I think the end result was absolutely worth the effort involved.

(via Gene Levine)

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