Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 12 January 2016 0 Comments

Rotating Chains by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

The blue and yellow circles made up of what look like bicycle chains appear to spontaneously rotate.  Try focusing your attention on only one of the six circles at a time and you should find that the one you are focusing on stops moving.  If you want to maximize the motion effect, move your eyes […]

Water Cushion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 30 November 2015 0 Comments

Water Cushion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

This purple circle created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka appears to wobble and pulsate as you look at it.  Try focusing on the gray dot int he center of the image and then moving your head around.  You will find that the circle appears to be very unstable against the black background. (via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

The Wandering Circles

Motion,Video 5 November 2015 0 Comments

The Wandering Circles

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 […]

Watermelon by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 19 October 2015 0 Comments

Watermelon by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

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! Another good example of this […]

Swimming Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 15 September 2015 0 Comments

Swimming Rings by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

When it comes to motion illusions, it is safe to say that no one does it better than Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.  If you look at the two multi-colored rings below, which Professor Kitaoka calls “Swimming Rings”, you will notice that they both appear to rotate in a clockwise manner. […]

Baubles by Kaia Nao

Motion 10 August 2015 0 Comments

Baubles by Kaia Nao

The four spheres (which the artist calls baubles) appear to be moving.  If you move your eyes rapidly around the image, you will find that the motion effect is enhanced. A larger, single bauble version of this image can be found below. To see more motion illusions from Kaia Nao, please check out Floating Star […]

Moving Arrows by Miwa Miwa

Motion 4 June 2015 0 Comments

Moving Arrows by Miwa Miwa

The background behind the arrows appears to be moving in a downward direction in this motion illusion created by Miwa Miwa.  The design itself is relatively simple, but the motion effect is quite strong. To see another motion illusion created by Miwa Miwa (that was also featured on the Drudge Report a while back), be […]