Check out this anamorphic row boat created by renowned chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum. It was painted on a sidewalk at Palm Hills in Cairo, Egypt. Like all of her work, this piece of sidewalk chalk art is extremely detailed and very realistic looking. I love how the guy in the picture has one foot on the dock and the other in the boat as if he were actually trying to climb aboard. The lily pads and the shadows of the boat and dock are both nice touches to help make this work look even more life-like.
Truly Design created this large circular anamorphic painting called Space Oddity for the headquarters of a Switzerland-based company that sells apparel, footwear, and accessories. The blue circle (shown in the photograph below) is clearly visible from one particular viewpoint located at the end of the hallway. As the viewer walks towards the door in the background, however, the circle gradually loses its form. By the time you get to the door, there is no resemblance of a circle at all. Notice that the circle is painted on three different walls (including the ceiling).
See additional photographs from alternate viewpoints below.
A few months ago, Gene Levine created a Pikachu-themed stereogram based on the popularity of the new Pokémon Go game. It was greeted with open arms as several blogs picked up the image and shared it to their readership base. Due to this success, Gene decided to create a follow-up design featuring a different character. If you stare at the pattern below, a hidden image of Charizard will emerge. If you aren’t familiar with Pokémon (like most of us), Charizard is a popular character in this universe. GamesRadar even went as far as saying that Charizard is “hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there.”
Psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka recently posted this optical illusion on his Facebook page, which then made it to Twitter and quickly went viral through a large number of shares and retweets. If you look at this pattern, you will be able to find 12 black dots. The problem is, most people are completely unable to view all 12 of them at the same time. If you look at the 4 dots at the top, you can’t seem to see the ones at the bottom. If you look at the four on the bottom, you can’t see the ones at the top. If you look at the ones in the middle, the dots at the top AND bottom seem to be gone.
This op art work, created by Gianni Sarcone, appears to be in motion. In fact, it almost looks like it is breathing. Staring at this hypnotic image for too long may give you an uneasy feeling, so be sure to turn away if you start to feel any sort of motion sickness or vertigo. The color scheme of this particular work reminds me of the Psychedelic Motion Illusion, which is also worth checking out.
I recently came across this unique piece of art created by Anzac Tasker, a graphic designer based in Auckland, New Zealand. I have always found art that uses shadows to be extremely creative and interesting. He started by creating a cutout of half of each of the three letters. He then placed a light at the proper angle to create a shadow of each of these cutouts. The shadows that are cast help to complete each letter.
The following video was recently awarded 1st prize for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest This video was created by Mathew T. Harrison and Gideon P. Caplovitz from the University of Nevada Reno, USA. They call the individual flickering dots “Gabors” and describe the effect as follows:
Here we show that configurations of drifting Gabors that are stationary can give rise to dramatic global motion percepts: a rotating square, oscillating chopsticks and rolling waves. Although the Gabors themselves are not changing position, the drifting motion within them causes the illusion that the entire configuration is moving!