Using Legos and two colors of M&Ms, Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy created the following optical illusion at Martinez-Conde and Macknik Laboratories, Barrow Neurological Institute. The way that the candies are arranged on the checkered Lego pattern, the object appears to bulge even though the surface is flat. This bulge illusion was originally created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
(via Scientific American)
Which way is this wheel turning? Are you sure? Stare at it for a little while and you might find that the direction the wheel is rotating in will change.
Chances are, you see things on a daily basis that resemble other things. This phenomenon is known as pareidolia and occurs when something meaningful is found in something that otherwise is not very meaningful. One of the most common occurrences of pareidolia is when inanimate objects (such as clouds, rocks, or buildings) look like faces. Some scientists believe that our brains are actually hard-wired from birth to identify human faces as a kind of built-in survival mechanism. Whatever the reason, many of them are quite convincing and highly entertaining.
Continue reading to see nine additional examples of faces found in random places.
Today’s illusion is called Platforms. It is an art installation created by Aakash Nihalani using tape on the wall and ground for Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York. This anamorphic creation gives the impression that four square platforms are floating in space. The man seen in the picture appears to attempting to jump from the first platform to the second one. How successful do you think he will be?
Jumping from the first platform to the second platform would prove to be extremely difficult. The animation below helps to show how this anamorphic work looks from an alternate angle.
Regarding his art, Nihalani notes:
People need to understand that how it is isn’t how it has to be. My work is created in reaction to what we readily encounter in our lives, sidewalks and doorways, buildings and bricks. I’m just connecting the dots differently to make my own picture. Others need to see that they can create too, connecting their own dots, in their own places.
(via Aakash Nihalani)
Perspective matters. The angled lines in the animation presented below give the impression that the floor is sloping downward to the left. As such, the man standing on the left appears to be much shorter than the man standing on the right. As the man on the left walks up the incline to stand directly next to the man on the right, it is revealed that the two figures are roughly the same size. A similar effect can also be seen in the SUV illusion posted on this site a couple of years ago.
This animation was created by Sheepfilms based out of Brighton, United Kingdom.
18-year-old photograph Laura Williams used a mirror that she found as a prop to make it appear that the upper portion of her body had completely disappeared. It almost looks as if the portion inside the mirror was edited using Photoshop, but I do not believe that to be the case.
Speaking about her photography, Laura noted the following:
“I like the idea of creating an image that’s perhaps a little less obvious, like an illusion. One that really intrigues the viewer and tries to trick the eye. It’s something I strive to do, and I love it!”
The vibrant flowing colors of this peripheral drift motion illusion appear to swirl and move as your eyes move around the image.
(via Kaia Nao)