Hummingbird by Vik Muniz

Composite 16 May 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Brazlian artist Vik Muniz is no stranger to transforming trash and other discard items into beautiful works of art.  We previously featured a video in which Muniz used hand-torn scraps of paper from magazines to recreate Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.  In 2012, Muniz created a series of composite artworks under a series titled Scrap Metal.  One of these works, presented below, shows a hummingbird created from various discarded pieces of scrap metal.  You can understand the full scale of this artwork by observing the car doors that are incorporated into the photograph.  I would be very curious to know how high off the ground the camera was when this photograph was taken.

Hummingbird by Vik Muniz

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Illusory Blue Dots by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Afterimage 13 May 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In this variant of the Hermann grid illusion created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, illusory blue dots can be seen in the white circles where the squares intersect.  This phenomenon was first reported in 1870 by Germany physiologist Ludimar Hermann.  The blue dots cannot be seen if you look directly at one of the white circles.  Instead, you will only see the blue dots in the circles that you are not focusing directly on.  While I would not recommend it, you could move your eyes around the grid “chasing” the illusory blue dots forever.

Illusory Blue Dots by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

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Three Girls on a Bench

Hidden Objects 10 May 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

At first glance, this might not look like much of an optical illusion.  But something is not quite right about this picture.  You may notice it right away or it may take you a while to discover it.  (full disclosure:  It took me some time to figure this one out)  So… can you spot what is wrong with this photograph?

Three Girls on a Bench

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Poster

Ambiguous, Skull 5 May 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard of the wildly-successful Walking Dead series on AMC.  As with many successful television shows, the creators decided to create a spin-off series to complement the original called Fear the Walking Dead.  Season 2 centers around the premise that survivors of a zombie apocalypse board a very nice yacht (named Abigail) and take to the sea in an effort to escape the zombie horde.  Of course, they quickly find out that the water is not quite as safe as they thought it would be.  The tagline at the top of the promotional poster for the current season says NO SAFE HARBOR aptly describes their predicament.  It also happens to feature an ominous hidden skull made from the sun, clouds, and the yacht.  Very fitting.

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Poster

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Wind of Freedom by Gianni Sarcone

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This playful motion optical illusion created by Gianni Sarcone gives the impression that the background is swaying back and forth.  The woman dancing in the foreground and holding a yellow sheet appears to really be enjoying herself.  Do you feel a little dizzy looking at this image?

wind of freedom by gianni sarcone

Edit:  After posting this, I noticed something really interesting about this image that was probably unintended.  Look at the top edge of the image relative to the text above it.  It appears that the top of the image is not parallel with the text.  Rather, it looks like it is sloping down and to the right.  Take a straight edge and line it up and you’ll see that this is not the case.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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A Somewhat Disturbing Beard

Ambiguous 28 April 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I ran across this image the other day and almost just scrolled right past it.  I was kind of wondering what the point of the picture of this man with a beard and glasses was.  As I was scrolling, however, a set of eyes caught my eye which caused me to do a double take.  As I further examined the detail of his beard, it caused me to both laugh and be somewhat disturbed.

Disturbing Beard

I am not sure what the exact source of this image is.  Does anyone know who created this image?  If so, post it in the comments and I’ll add the proper attribution.

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Kelly Ripa Ambigram

Ambigrams 25 April 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kelly Ripa has been in the news quite a bit lately.  It appears that there is a lot of drama between her and her former Live! With Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan.  In what he called a “career move”, he abruptly quit the show (without telling her, which is why she is angry) and bolted for another full-time gig at Good Morning America.  I don’t watch either of these shows, so none of this really impacts me.  But, it seems that I can’t load up the Yahoo! or MSN homepage without seeing some new article about it.

I was looking through John Langdon’s site earlier today and saw that he had actually created a Kelly Ripa ambigram at some point in the past.  Since she’s in the news, I figured this was a pretty timely addition to An Optical Illusion.  You can see John’s creation below:

Kelly Ripa

If you turn her name upside down, it reads exactly the same as what is seen above.

(via John Langdon)

 

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