In this painting by Rob Gonsalves, the scene in the foreground presents an entirely different meaning than the scene in the background. This type of transition is pretty common in all paintings from Gonsalves. If you look toward the back of the image, it appears to be an open body of water – maybe even an ocean. In the foreground, however, there is a group of individuals standing around and holding umbrellas. The guy that is in the tall tree on the right helps to add to the confusion presented in this scene. Is he climbing the tree to get a better look at all the people with uniform umbrellas, or is he just attempting to stay dry?
This photograph of a cliff in Southern Iceland (on the island of Heimaey which translates to Home Island) appears to be a giant elephant with its trunk in the water. Perhaps it is taking a drink? This “elephant” has become a tourist attraction to this island that claims about 4,500 residents.
Masashi Atarashi, a physics teacher at Aichi Prefectural Gojo Senior High School in Japan created this video that demonstrates what he calls the “Snow Blind illusion”. The illusion itself is a very simple one, and you have probably already witnessed this in the past. Watch how the speed of falling snowflakes appears to be accelerated by the presence of the blinds in the video.
It’s been getting colder here, now I’m actually looking forward to the first snowfall! This optical illusion is a finalist for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.
Today’s animated optical illusion was created by Gianni Sarcone. The black & white bicycle is static but appears to moving forward and backward in a rocking-type motion. In reality, this animation just alternates two frames, one of which is the negative of the other.
The flickering circles in this video appear to wander around randomly. The circles are not moving (just flickering), but the shapes seem to drift whenever you do not look directly at the circles. You can frame the circles with lines and they will still appear to move. It is interesting to note that the more circles you add, the more motion is perceived.
This optical illusion was created by Christopher Blair, Lars Strother, and Gideon Caplovitz from the University of Nevada, Reno. It is a finalist for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.
I came across this trompe l’oeil building painting while I was searching around for new illusions a couple of weeks ago. The mural gives the illusion that a very large ship is passing between two skinny buildings right in the middle of town. It is very well done and you can tell that it took quite a bit of time and effort to complete just due to the sheer size of the piece.
I’m not sure who the artist behind this mural is, so if you have any additional information, please feel free to add it in the comments section and I will update the post accordingly. To see some other great trompe l’oeil building paintings, be sure to check out Taylor Hall Mural and Mana Nalu Mural.
With Halloween right around the corner, why not take some tips from make-up guru Promise Tamang and turn your face into a double face? Watch this video and I guarantee that you will be completely freaked out with what she finally comes up with. It is extremely difficult to look at and seems to be very troubling. She then gets into the car and drives around town freaking out locals who have a hard time figuring out exactly what is going on.