I recently came across some exceptional anamorphic 3D lettering works created by Tolga Girgin. In the example below, which he calls ‘Cream’, the letters of the word are drawn on a flat sheet of paper using a parallelpen & brushpen and a pencil. It looks as if the letters of the word CREAM are hovering above the page. The liquid dripping from the bottom of each letter and pooling on the paper add to the three-dimensional effect.
In this video, Brazilian visual artist and photographer Vik Muniz shares his process for creating intricate collages based on images that “are already part of our collective visual memory.” This series, titled “Pictures of Magazines”, features his replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” from hand-torn scraps from magazines.
Muniz was featured in 2010’s documentary Waste Land, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards. It did not win (it got beat by a film about the financial crisis in the late-2000s), but it shows his art works created from trash found at one of the largest garbage dumps in the world located just outside of Rio de Janeiro. If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, I would highly recommend that you watch it. The beauty that Muniz is able to generate from discarded items is quite impressive… and the garbage dump is enormous!
Karlos Calonge Domenech sent me this impossible construction he created a few weeks ago. The way that many of the angles line up on this odd structure could simply not exist. I count a total of three impossible rectangles incorporated into the design. Do you see them all?
If you’ve got any optical illusions that you’ve created, please forward them over so that we can post them on An Optical Illusion.
John Langdon painted this figure-ground ambigram, which he titled Us, way back in 1996. What is the first thing that you see when you look at this painting? Do you see the words Me or You? It’s impossible to see both at once since the word You occupies the negative space inside the word Me. So in reality, you can never actually see Me and You (Us) at the same time.
To see more figure-ground ambigram paintings by John Langdon, be sure to check out Question/Answer and Love.
It certainly does not appear to be true, but the two monsters shown in this illustration are identical in size. It looks like the monster in the background is significantly larger than the one in the foreground (maybe even twice the size). This was originally published in Roger Shepard’s book “Mind Sights” in 1990. In this book, Shepard asks the following question:
…do we also interpret their identical faces as expressing different emotions — such as rage on the part of the pursuer and fear on the part of the pursued?
To me, they both appear to have the same expression – fear. What do you think?
My kids have recently become obsessed with Minecraft (they play the Pocket Edition on the Amazon Kindle), especially my son. It is kind of amazing to see all the different things that he has built after spending an hour messing around with it. It seems that he has just as much fun destructing the things (using TNT) that he has created after he has built them. I guess that’s no different than building a tower with blocks and then kicking it over and starting from scratch. Today’s video is a very short tutorial on how you can build an impossible triangle in the game of Minecraft. As you will see, it’s very simple and only ends up taking about a minute to do.
I kind of like his idea at the end of building a box with a window in it so that people would only be able to see the triangle as being impossible when standing on the ground. I kind of wish he would have done that instead of just mentioning the idea.