Burning Heart by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 8 February 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day being this weekend, our good friend Gianni Sarcone sent us this new motion optical illusion that he has created entitled Burning Heart.  He created it as a tribute to all lovers, so it seems very fitting to post it before this weekend.  The heart, and surrounding blue and green background, appear to swirl around and be in motion as you shift your gaze around the various parts of this image.

Burning Heart by Gianni Sarcone

I think that this image would look particularly nice on the front of a Valentine’s Day card.  This is much more interesting than some of the more traditional cards that most are used to receiving.  Did you know that in the United States alone, approximately 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year?  This figure doesn’t even include the small cards that children exchange at school (which are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions).  Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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Giraffe and Elephant Optical Illusion

Video 4 February 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Check out the wire sculpture in the video below.  From one angle, it appears to be a pair of giraffes standing next to one another.  As you walk around to view the sculpture from another angle, however, it transforms into a completely different animal – an elephant!  I would imagine that it is difficult enough to make a wire sculpture of one animal.  The thought of making one that would present two different animals from two different angles in completely mind-boggling.

This very unique sculpture is similar to the squaring the circle optical illusion.  If you haven’t seen that one yet, you should certainly check it out.

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3D Ladybug Painting

Anamorphosis, Video 1 February 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Professional painter Stefan Pabst shows how to to draw a 3D ladybug in the following video.  The video is sped up, so you won’t exactly get step-by-step directions to create one for yourself.  Nevertheless, it is pretty amazing to watch this anamorphic insect come to life on paper.

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Midnight Walker by Chow Hon Lam

Ambiguous 25 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Is this clown on the tightrope walking upside down or right-side-up?  Without the placement of the moon, you might just assume that the black space in between the buildings is the ground.  But since the moon is there, it almost feels as though you are on the ground looking up toward the tops of the buildings (therefore making the black space the sky).

Midnight Walker by Chow Hon Lam

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Amazing 3D Floors

Anamorphosis 18 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

If you want to impress visitors to your home or are looking for a unique flooring idea, then you might want to consider 3D epoxy floor painting.  In the example below, created by Imperial Interiors (a design company serving Dubai and the United Arab Emirates), a bathroom floor has been transformed into waves washing onto a sandy beach.  While this type of flooring would probably not work in everyone’s home, I would think that it could be quite interesting in a hotel, restaurant, or maybe even a vacation home.

3D Floor 1

Two additional 3D epoxy floor painting designs can be found below.

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Young Lady / Lion by Arvind Narale

Upside Down 15 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Born and trained in India, Arvind Narale is an architect by profession who currently lives in Canada.  He attended Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta where he studied watercolor and oil painting.  Among his many talents is the ability to create drawings that have multiple meanings when viewed from different directions.  Below is an example of one of these topsy-turvy drawings featuring an innocent-looking young lady.

Young Lady & LionWhen you flip the image upside down, however, a completely different image is revealed.

Young Lady & Lion - Inverted

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Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 12 January 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The blue and yellow circles made up of what look like bicycle chains appear to spontaneously rotate.  Try focusing your attention on only one of the six circles at a time and you should find that the one you are focusing on stops moving.  If you want to maximize the motion effect, move your eyes around this image rapidly.  As your focus moves from circle to circle, the perceived motion increases significantly.

Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

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