Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

Motion 22 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Mathematical vision scientists Hitoshi Arai and Shinobu Arai created this unique wreath image in 2011.  If you focus your eyes on the red dot in the center of the wreath and move your head toward your monitor and then away from it repeatedly, you will notice that outer portion of the wreath appears to move to the left and right.

Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

This illusion is a derivative of the Pinna Illusion previously discovered by Dr. Baingio Pinna.

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Art Ambigram by Scott Kim

Ambigrams 18 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Scott Kim created this ambigram specifically for the epilogue that he contributed to the book The Art of Deception:  Illusions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind.  When viewed this way, the word ‘art’ can be seen in middle of the image in all lower case letters but the rest of the words are upside down.

Art is a... by Scott Kim

When the image is rotated 180 degrees, it completes a quote from Spanish artist Pablo Picasso by reading “is a lie that makes us realize the truth”.   The word ‘lie’ is made from the same lettering that spells ‘art’ in the image above.

Art is a... by Scott Kim (Inverted)

To view more creative use of words and lettering, be sure to revisit the previous post featuring several Inversions by Scott Kim.

(via Scott Kim)

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Blue Berlin by Fanette G

Anamorphosis 15 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This anamorphic three-dimensional object was commissioned in February 2014 and was painted with a spray can in a flat in Berlin, Germany.  When viewed from the angle that this photograph was taken at, it looks like a rectangular column hovering in the corner of the room.

Blue Berlin by Fanette G

By moving several feet to the right, you can see exactly how Blue Berlin was applied across several walls to create this unique effect.

Blue Berlin #2 by Fanette G

This installation is similar to the Green Sqwear painting by Alexis Facca and the Eureka Car Park optical illusion.

(via Fanette G)

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Warped Circles Optical Illusion

Estimation, Video 11 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This brief video shows a pair of circles that appear to be very warped or distorted.  Using circles cut out from a sheet of white paper, the creator of this video demonstrates that there is nothing warped about them at all.  Even after you know the truth, once the white circle cut outs are removed, the circles on the page appear to be warped again.

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Edgar Mueller Duality

Anamorphosis, Video 8 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Edgar Mueller painted this extraordinary piece of street art in Moscow in 2010.  It is part of a series of paintings called “Unconditional Love”.  Speaking about this project, Mueller notes that:

Some years ago I was in Moscow for a purely commercially-based project, now I was looking forward to having the option of creating a so-called free project there. That I could be entirely free in my picture choice was the crucial point for the commitment. And of course, I also wanted to see again Moscow – it is fun to meet people of different culture and mentality.

Duality by Edgar Mueller

A video that discusses Edgar Mueller and this particular installation in Moscow can be found below.

(via Edgar Mueller)

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Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 4 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The orange and purple ring appears to rotate clockwise on the green background in a twitching or jerky manner.  The effect is enhanced if you move your eyes rapidly around the image or look away from it briefly and then focus on it again.

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Compare this effect to another motion illusion created by Professor Kitaoka called Rotating Grapes (where the rotation appears to be much smoother).

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Paint the Town Red

Ambiguous 1 December 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I’ve been painting a lot of doors in my house lately.  It is a slow process that I have been tackling about two doors at a time.  The results have been worth it as they look much better with two coats of fresh paint on them.  When I came across this illustration, it brought a little smile to my face.  Yes, it is a paintbrush with red paint, but it also has a clever double meaning – the paint lines form the skyline of a famous city.  Can you tell which one it is?

Paint the Town Red

The doors I am painting are white, by the way.  Red doors would clash with the trim.

(via John Tibbott)

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