Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Japan created this video of an ambiguous garage roof which completely changes in appearance when its reflection is viewed in a mirror. Viewed one way, the roof appears to be round while it seems to be corrugated when viewed from the opposite angle. The actual shape is neither round nor corrugated. According to Sugihara:
This illusory solid was discovered by combining two observations. One is a mathematical observation that a single image does not covey depth information, and the other is a psychological observation that the human brains like right angles in interpreting an image. Indeed we are apt to interpret the edge curve of the roof as an intersection of a roof with a plane perpendicular to the axis of the roof.
This optical illusion is a finalist for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest. What do you think about it?
Urban artists Truly Design was commissioned to paint this anamorphic work in the former Torino Zoo, which is located in downtown Torino, Italy next to the Po River. The zoo was abandoned in 1987, and as you can imagine, this painting site was quite run down before the Truly Design team went to work.
Here is what the site looked like at the start of the project.
Quite an amazing transformation. Regarding this work, Truly Design had the following to say:
The message conveyed by this piece is clear enough: time is running out and the Earth, as well as ourselves, needs a rapid change of attitude…. What better place to represent these ideas than a former bear cage in an ex zoo?
The green circle in the center of this image, which Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka calls a “watermelon”, appears to sway back and forth and be unstable against the gray background. I personally find this image to be difficult to look at for too long. This one actually makes my eyes hurt!
The device featured in this video is quite interesting. Depending on which setting is chosen, water droplets appear to be stationary, falling, or moving in an upward direction. In reality, the water is falling down as a steady stream exactly as you would expect it to behave. Inside the box, however, there are a series of strobe lights. The frequency of the strobes flashing makes the water appear to behave in different ways. If the strobe lights flash at a specific rate, then the droplets appear to be hovering. By making adjustments to the timing of the strobe lights, the drops can be made to have the appearance of moving up or down. I wouldn’t mind having one of these in my office.
Photographer Jan von Holleben created this piece for the internal magazine of a major notorious power company. The recognizable symbol for recycling is made completely from trash and other discarded items. In the article for the magazine, Holleben illustrated the travels of waste and its sticky handling within the European Union. He points out that data from 2013 suggests that each person living in the European Union generates, on average, about 481 kilograms (1,060 pounds – or more than half a ton!) of waste each year.
I recently came across some exceptional anamorphic 3D lettering works created by Tolga Girgin. In the example below, which he calls ‘Cream’, the letters of the word are drawn on a flat sheet of paper using a parallelpen & brushpen and a pencil. It looks as if the letters of the word CREAM are hovering above the page. The liquid dripping from the bottom of each letter and pooling on the paper add to the three-dimensional effect.