It probably goes without saying that we love logos that feature optical illusions or other hidden objects. The logo presented below is for the Kölner Zoo in Germany. It features a green elephant with a star for an eye. Closer examination of the logo, however, reveals a few hidden objects. Do you see them?
In the negative space below the elephant, you can find a hidden giraffe and a rhinoceros. In addition, the space between the elephant’s back legs is shaped like the twin spires of the nearby Cologne Cathedral.
In this new painting from Canadian magic realism painter Rob Gonsalves titled Beyond the Reef, two different worlds morph seamlessly into one another. On the right side of the painting, a male and female can be seen snorkeling underwater and your viewpoint is from below. The female can be seen swimming near the surface while the male is diving a bit deeper into the water. As you move from right to left, however, the scene changes dramatically at one point. By the time you get to the far left, in fact, you are no longer even underwater. The viewpoint has changed and you are looking down at a beach – presumably the same beach where the the two on the right are snorkeling.
To order a copy of this print, or any other artwork by Rob Gonsalves, please contact Huckleberry Fine Art.
In this new video from Youtube sensation Brusspup, a group of eight balls can be seen rotating around in a circle. If you focus on one individual ball at a time, however, you will notice that they are not rotating in a circle pattern at all. Rather, each ball is moving in a straight line. According to Brusspup:
This is just another example of looking deeper into something so simple and discovering a hidden pattern.
To see a similar optical illusion from Brusspup, be sure to revisit the Moving Square Illusion.
Israeli graphic artist Noma Bar produces visually-striking and simple illustrations that take full advantage of negative space. In this example, titled Pointed Sense, Noma captures a scene which he saw once where a male black labrador tucked his nose behind a female white labrador and gave her a good sniff. Her tail was up over his head, creating a real life negative space scene. Noma then did what all graphic artists would do and captured what he saw with his pen.
(via Noma Bar)
Seven people leaning against a wall marvel at the sight of a flying dog. It almost appears that the dog is full of helium.
Two other similar photographs worth revisiting are Climbing from Erik Minnema and the optical illusion courtesy of Hurricane Sandy.
Today’s optical illusion comes from artist and author Gianni Sarcone. This autokinetic black and white work titled “Drown in My Tears” was created as a tribute to his friend Madeleine Kirchner. The black and gray “teardrops” on the left side of the image appear to be moving down while the ones on the right side appear to be moving up.
For another black and white creation from Gianni, have a look at his gothic flying bat which appears to be fluttering and expanding.
(via Gianni Sarcone)
Today’s illusion comes to us straight from the “Roaring ’20s”. It is the 18th card in a series of 25 optical illusion cards published in 1926 by Major Drapkin & Co (London) which was a branch of The United Kingdom Tobacco Co Ltd. The reverse side of the card contains the following:
Which is the longer of the two straight rods stretching between the hands of the two pairs of clowns? Before you get your friends to pass judgment, check your own decision with the aid of a ruler. You will find that both lines are exactly the same length.
We posted another card from this series called His Own Size? last year. If you like these vintage illusions, let us know and we can post more of them (or the entire collection).