The Wandering Circles

Motion, Video 5 November 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The flickering circles in this video appear to wander around randomly.  The circles are not moving (just flickering), but the shapes seem to drift whenever you do not look directly at the circles.  You can frame the circles with lines and they will still appear to move.  It is interesting to note that the more circles you add, the more motion is perceived.

This optical illusion was created by Christopher Blair, Lars Strother, and Gideon Caplovitz from the University of Nevada, Reno.  It is a finalist for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

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Ship Between Buildings Illusion

Trompe L'oeil 2 November 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I came across this trompe l’oeil building painting while I was searching around for new illusions a couple of weeks ago.  The mural gives the illusion that a very large ship is passing between two skinny buildings right in the middle of town.  It is very well done and you can tell that it took quite a bit of time and effort to complete just due to the sheer size of the piece.

Ship Between Buildings

I’m not sure who the artist behind this mural is, so if you have any additional information, please feel free to add it in the comments section and I will update the post accordingly.  To see some other great trompe l’oeil building paintings, be sure to check out Taylor Hall Mural and Mana Nalu Mural.

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Trippy Double Vision Makeup

Video 29 October 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

With Halloween right around the corner,  why not take some tips from make-up guru Promise Tamang and turn your face into a double face?  Watch this video and I guarantee that you will be completely freaked out with what she finally comes up with.  It is extremely difficult to look at and seems to be very troubling.  She then gets into the car and drives around town freaking out locals who have a hard time figuring out exactly what is going on.

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Ambiguous Garage Roof

Ambiguous, Video 26 October 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Japan created this video of an ambiguous garage roof which completely changes in appearance when its reflection is viewed in a mirror.  Viewed one way, the roof appears to be round while it seems to be corrugated when viewed from the opposite angle.  The actual shape is neither round nor corrugated.  According to Sugihara:

This illusory solid was discovered by combining two observations. One is a mathematical observation that a single image does not covey depth information, and the other is a psychological observation that the human brains like right angles in interpreting an image. Indeed we are apt to interpret the edge curve of the roof as an intersection of a roof with a plane perpendicular to the axis of the roof.

This optical illusion is a finalist for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  What do you think about it?

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Global Warning by Truly Design

Anamorphosis 22 October 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Urban artists Truly Design was commissioned to paint this anamorphic work in the former Torino Zoo, which is located in downtown Torino, Italy next to the Po River.  The zoo was abandoned in 1987, and as you can imagine, this painting site was quite run down before the Truly Design team went to work.

Global Warning

Here is what the site looked like at the start of the project.

Global Warning 2

Quite an amazing transformation.  Regarding this work, Truly Design had the following to say:

The message conveyed by this piece is clear enough: time is running out and the Earth, as well as ourselves, needs a rapid change of attitude…. What better place to represent these ideas than a former bear cage in an ex zoo?

Both of these photos were taken by Livio Ninni.

(via Truly Design)

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Watermelon by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 19 October 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The green circle in the center of this image, which Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka calls a “watermelon”, appears to sway back and forth and be unstable against the gray background.  I personally find this image to be difficult to look at for too long.  This one actually makes my eyes hurt!

Watermelon by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Another good example of this same effect can be found by viewing the Mona Lisa Moving Face Illusion.

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Levitating Waters

Video 15 October 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The device featured in this video is quite interesting.  Depending on which setting is chosen, water droplets appear to be stationary, falling, or moving in an upward direction.  In reality, the water is falling down as a steady stream exactly as you would expect it to behave.  Inside the box, however, there are a series of strobe lights.  The frequency of the strobes flashing makes the water appear to behave in different ways.  If the strobe lights flash at a specific rate, then the droplets appear to be hovering.  By making adjustments to the timing of the strobe lights, the drops can be made to have the appearance of moving up or down.  I wouldn’t mind having one of these in my office.

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