Mysterious Dance Tessellation by Makoto Nakamura

Animation, Tessellation 3 February 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In this tessellation pattern by Makoto Nakamura, black and white mysterious dancers occupy a space with no gaps or overlaps.

Mysterious Dance Tessellation

While it is a nice pattern, even more interesting is the animation that he created to accompany the design.  It shows the two sets of dancers taking turns showing off their dance moves.  Watching it leads to an almost hypnotic feeling.

Mysterious Dance Tessellation Animation

If you enjoyed this pattern, be sure to check out Nakamura’s Marathon tessellation that was featured about a year ago.

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Overflow Parking Mural by Blue Sky

Trompe L'oeil 30 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In 1978, artist Blue Sky painted a trompe l’oeil mural on the side of the Flint Journal Building in Flint, Michigan.   The mural, aptly titled “Overflow Parking”, measures 60 by 70 feet in size.

Overflow Parking Mural by Blue Sky

The deceptive mural is still there and can be found at 200 E. First Street in Flint, Michigan.  You can even see a good shot of it from the street view on Google Maps here.

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Shadow Art by Teodosio Sectio Aurea

Shadow 27 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In 2013, Teodosio Sectio Aurea created an enigmatic, DNA type puzzle, consisting of 350 small, metallic balls.  The end result appears to be a colorful jumble of balls arranged in an odd formation.

The Vitruvian Man

But when this design is lit from the correct angle by a light source, a shadow of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous sketch from the 15th century is revealed on the wall.  This design is often used as an implied symbol of the symmetry of the human body, and more extensively, of the universe itself as a whole.

The Vitruvian Man 2

More shadow art from Teodosio Sectio Aurea can be found here.

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A Bird in Hand by Julie Heller

Composite 23 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Artist Julie Heller created this digital collage measuring 28″ by 36″ in 2008.  When you look at it up close, it appears to be a random collection of unrelated images placed haphazardly together.  Viewing the image from a distance, or squinting your eyes a bit, reveals that the individual images (a giraffe, hand, church, and fish among other things) have been arranged in a way that they also resemble a human face.

A Bird in Hand by Julie Heller

In an artist statement about this piece, Heller notes the following:

With an extra-heavy dose of the primordial urge to recognize the human face, I see faces and their component parts in almost everything I see.

Visit www.julieheller.com to view more of her artwork.

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Big Buck by Rusty Rust

Hidden Objects 20 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

A deer stands alone in a snow-covered forest.  But is it truly alone?

Big Buck by Rusty Rust

This is the second most popular print that Florida artist Donald “Rusty” Rust sells.  His most popular print is the Hidden Tiger Illusion which can be found in our archives.  Over the course of his career, Rust has created more than 15,000 paintings.  The themes of his paintings range from wildlife, fantasy and pinups to portraits and optical illusions.

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Kitten / Dog Hybrid Image

Miscellaneous 16 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Depending on your viewing distance, this hybrid image can be perceived in one of two different ways.  When you look at the full-size image (see below), you will likely see a picture of a dog.

Kitten Dog Face Mash

But if you move away from the screen, or squint your eyes, you will see a completely different image – a kitten.  To make it easier for you, a smaller version of the image is provided below.

Kitten Dog Face Mash

Hybrid images are a technique first published by Philippe Schyns & Aude Oliva (1994).  This image was created with a free Android app called Face Mash which allows you to take photographs of two faces, merge them together, and create your own unique optical illusions.

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Twisting Spiral

Estimation, Motion 13 January 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Take a look at the spiral created by Gianni A. Sarcone below.  Does it appear to be moving in a clockwise direction?

Twisting Spiral by Gianni Sarcone

Now start on the outside and follow the lines that make up the spiral around in a clockwise direction.  Do they spiral to the middle?  Or is this really made from a series of concentric rings?  This colorful optical illusion is an example of the Fraser spiral illusion.  The effect was discovered by British psychologist James Fraser in the early 20th century.

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