A Facebook user by the name of Arron Bevin posted this photograph of a brick wall to his account earlier this month. He indicated that it was one of the best optical illusions he had ever seen. He further said that it took him a good 5 minutes to find the hidden image in this photograph. And then… the photograph blew up and went viral.
I was skeptical that it would be that difficult, so I started looking at it. Lo and behold, after a few minutes, I still had no clue what I was supposed to be seeing. And then it hit me. It is so simple that I felt kind of silly that I didn’t spot it right away. Now that I have seen it, I cannot “un-see” it. It is the first thing I see when I look at the image now.
Can you figure out what is unique about this brick wall?
Last month, winners were selected in a poster contest to spread the word about UN World Wildlife Day 2016. In total, over 300 entries were submitted and three of these submissions were selected as the overall winners. One of these posters, presented below, was created by Patrick George from the United Kingdom. It features two hands forming a kind of heart shape. The negative space between the two hands contains an image of an elephant. The tagline on the poster is “The future of elephants is #InOurHands”, which makes this design even more relevant.
In a press release about the poster competition, the organizers of World Wildlife Day indicate that:
The key message of WWD2016 is that we, the human beings, hold the future of all wildlife in our hands; failure to take actions now will have immediate, sometimes devastating, consequences for species of animals and plants.
Robert Therrien is an American sculptor based out of Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of Southern California, where he earned an MFA. Some of his installations are very large versions of ordinary things, like the example below. This sculpture of an enormous table and set of chairs is meant to examine the viewer’s relationship to scale. Walking underneath a dining room table can certainly provide you with completely a different view of the world.
To see another enormous table and set of chairs, check out Tiny Horses.
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.
(via Vik Muniz)
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.
(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)
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?
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.