The Terrace Made From LEGO

Impossible 2 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This impossible-looking LEGO structure was created by a Flickr user going by the handle of Brixie63.  It is a recreation of and homage to David Macdonald’s famous digital manipulation titled The Terrace.  What makes the story even more interesting is that David Macdonald created The Terrace as an homage to The Warped Chessboard painting by Sandro Del-Prete.  It would be interesting to know what Sandro’s inspiration was when he first created his painting.  For the moment, we will just call this art (LEGO) imitating art (digital) imitating art (painting).

LEGO Terrace

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Girls in White

Ambiguous, Hidden Objects 28 August 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In this painting by Ukrainian artist Oleg Shupliak, two girls in white can be seen walking around outside in a field.  The girls are each wearing sun hats and carrying umbrellas.  Can you find something else hiding in this painting?

Girls in White by Oleg Shupliak

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Positive and Negative

Ambiguous, Animation, Tessellation 25 August 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I came across this simple animation this weekend and thought it had a pretty interesting effect.  It features a very basic tessellation pattern composed only of black and white crosses.  The crosses take turns rotating a quarter turn with the black crosses rotating counter-clockwise and the white crosses rotating clockwise.  The overall effect is very similar to The Mysterious Dance Tessellation.

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Age is All in Your Head

Anamorphosis 20 August 2014 2 Comments

This is essentially an anamorphic illusion from Victoria Skye and was a finalist at the 2014 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  The photograph in the center marked ‘Original Photo’ is a normal, unaltered photograph of a young boy.  The photograph is then tilted forward (far left) and backward (far right) to present slightly different viewing angles.  The result is that the three images line up together to show what looks like an “age progression” for this particular boy.  He ends up looking younger in the photograph on the left and older in the photograph on the right.

Age is All in Your Head

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Peregrination by David Macdonald

Impossible 14 August 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

David Macdonald, the creator of this impossibly perplexing scene, had the following to say about this work:

The pathways in this building are in fact a single horizontal plane. There are no less than twenty two false links which treat this single plane as different levels …… stairs and ladders which simply serve to join the same level to itself.

See if you can spot them all.

Peregrination by David Macdonald

More works from David Macdonald can be found at The Terrace and The Other Side of the Mirror.

(via David Macdonald)

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Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

As you move your eyes around this image, the purple and yellow grapes appear to rotate around in circles.  Be careful with this one, you might start to get a little bit dizzy if you look at it for too long!

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

To see more rotating circles, take a look back at the motion illusion in star arrangement.

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Bar Code Zebra

Miscellaneous 7 August 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This interesting illustration, inspired by the art of Thomas Barbèy, shows a zebra that appears to be melting into what looks like a bar code.  To create this piece, Nevit Dilmen started with an actual photograph of a zebra taken at Copehagen Zoo.  He then digitized it and manipulated the stripes to come up with the final product.

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(via Nevit Dilmen)

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