The seven people sitting on the ledges of this building seem to be very confused. Are they looking out of the windows or into the center of the building? It looks like a tower or a cylinder, but if you investigate the construction you will find that it is anything but.
This striking photograph from Alexander Khokhlov’s “2D or not 2D” series looks like it could be an illustration of a woman in a comic book. Surprisingly, it is an actual model (her name is Ekaterina Ashikhmina) with her face and hair painted by make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. This photographic series was selected as one of the “Top Russian Projects of 2013″ by Designcollector.
The video below shows some scenes of the actual face painting and post-production taking place on this model and others from this photographic series.
Robert Fathauer created this limited edition digital print titled “Looking Through Time” in 2005. It features a reversible portrait of a man that can be seen as two different faces when viewed normally and in the mirror. Fathauer found inspiration for this design in the work of Rex Whistler who created a series of very exceptional inverted faces. The photograph on the dresser features a young man with the caption “Bob at 20″. The reflected portrait shows an older version of the same man with the caption “Bob at 50″. In the span of 30 years, the man has lost all of his hair, grown a full beard, and added some wrinkles to his brow.
Regarding the hourglass, Fathauer explains:
An hourglass is symbolic of the passage of time, and appropriately is turned upside down when it is used. In the hourglass in the foreground, only a small portion of the sand has fallen through to the lower chamber, while in the reflected hourglass, more than half the sand has passed through.
This unique metal design uses a single light source and a little spin to produce a rather dramatic effect. Brusspup got the idea for this video when he was walking through Santa Monica and saw a similar effect on a spinner in a storefront. He bought it, of course, and the end result is what you see below.
This animation of an impossible ribbon was created by Erwin Bonsma. Depending on how you look at it, this ribbon can be perceived as rotating in two different ways. He credits the original idea to M.C. Escher’s print titled “Cube with Magic Ribbons” which happens to be the first drawing by Escher to feature a truly impossible object.
Truly Design was asked to create this anamorphic installation for Burning Giraffe Art Gallery in Turin, Italy. Describing this project, they indicated that:
“We chose the minotaur because of its double human and animal nature, the latter being that of a bull, symbol of our hometown Torino. The minotaur lives secluded in its labyrinth, as do we within city walls. However, animal instinct borne within its mind spurs it towards freedom, aspect represented by the minotaur’s dynamic pose, ready to pounce or dash.“