Butterflies

Motion 15 January 2015 2 Comments

Butterflies

The folks over at Optical Spy created this really nice motion illusion called Butterflies.  The square in the center of this image appears to be completely unstable as it appears to wobble around. To see an illusion with a similar effect, take a look at the Moving Mona Lisa Face. (via Optical Spy)

Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

Motion 22 December 2014 0 Comments

Moving Wreath Optical Illusion

Mathematical vision scientists Hitoshi Arai and Shinobu Arai created this unique wreath image in 2011.  If you focus your eyes on the red dot in the center of the wreath and move your head toward your monitor and then away from it repeatedly, you will notice that outer portion of the wreath appears to move […]

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 4 December 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Pieces of Cheese by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The orange and purple ring appears to rotate clockwise on the green background in a twitching or jerky manner.  The effect is enhanced if you move your eyes rapidly around the image or look away from it briefly and then focus on it again. Compare this effect to another motion illusion created by Professor Kitaoka […]

Mind Shift by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 25 September 2014 0 Comments

Mind Shift by Gianni Sarcone

If you concentrate on the red pattern in the center of this figure, it will appear to be unstable and hover over the blue background.  Once the pattern does begin to hover, you can move your head left and right to intensify the effect. (via Gianni Sarcone)

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2014 0 Comments

Rotating Grapes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

As you move your eyes around this image, the purple and yellow grapes appear to rotate around in circles.  Be careful with this one, you might start to get a little bit dizzy if you look at it for too long! To see more rotating circles, take a look back at the motion illusion in […]

Drown in My Tears by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 14 July 2014 0 Comments

Drown in My Tears by Gianni Sarcone

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 […]

Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 5 May 2014 1 Comment

Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

The black bat in the middle of this image seems to move, flutter and expand.  The effect makes it a little difficult to look at for an extended period of time. For a similar effect, take a look at these expanding and shrinking geometrical patterns. (via Gianni Sarcone)