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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Love You to Pieces by Andrew Myers

Composite, Video 1 May 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

We previously featured another piece created by Andrew Myers called An Artist’s Winter.  He has traditionally used an very unlikely medium for his artwork – painted screws.  That makes this work the first of its kind for Andrew.  Myers created this composite portrait using broken recycled wood pieces.  He meticulously arranged, painted, attached to steel rods, and inserted into a wood panel at different lengths to create a three dimensional image.  The final piece is quite large measuring 36″ x 36″.

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Good and Evil by John Langdon

Ambiguous 26 April 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This oil painting, created by John Langdon more than a decade ago in 2006, features two different interpretations.  At first glance, this is a painting of a man’s face with very big ears.  If you look closely, you may also see two different words incorporated into this ambiguous painting.  The man’s ears and eyes can be interpreted to form the word “GOOD” (with the eyes forming the two 0’s).  At the same time, his eyes (forming the upper-case letter E), nose, mouth, and chin form the word “EVIL” in a completely different direction.

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Share and Share Alike

Ambiguous 21 April 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This conceptual illustration from Tang Yau Hoong was created for Economia, a magazine that covers essential issues, news and analysis relevant to the topics of business, finance and accountancy.  While the topic of the magazine may sound a bit dry, at least they hired Tang to spice things up a bit with this ambiguous illustration.  It’s actually a fresh take on Shigeo Fukuda’s leg illusion, which was a silkscreen print created in 1975.

Notice how the red arms at the top of the poster are handing bundles of cash to the red arms just below them.  At the same time, the space between the second row of red arms (the negative space) forms a row of black arms that are handing bundles of cash to the black arms just below them.

(via Tang Yau Hoong)

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