In the early 20th century, psychologist Edgar Rubin developed the figure-ground vase (also known as Rubin’s vase). This ambiguous figure can be interpreted as either a vase or two faces looking at each other. Metal Portraits, a company based in Suwanee, Georgia, has taken the figure-ground vase concept to an entirely new level by creating [...]
British artist James Hopkins creates very interesting and very original sculptures. Perhaps you recall his anamorphic South Park Illusion or his bookshelf that resembled a skull. In the video below, he discusses an outdoor sculpture that he created in the city of Wembley in the United Kingdom. The sculpture sits near a busy section of [...]
James Hopkins created this sculpture titled Kyle, Stan, Cartman & Kenny in 2006 for a private collection. It is made from acrylic plastic and also happens to be an optical illusion. Can you figure out why?
YES and NO coexist in this sculpture by Markus Raetz. When viewed from one angle, the word YES can be seen. Moving to a different vantage point reveals that the word NO is also present. Can you see how the letters E and S form the letter O when viewed at an alternate angle?
Located in the center of the Belgian village of Ophoven is the following sculpture of an impossible triangle. The sculpture is made from wood and finished with polyester. The triangle only appears to be “impossible” when viewing it from a specific angle. The photograph on the right shows how it looks when viewed from other [...]
This yellow bicycle sculpture is located in Milan, Italy, a city best known for fashion. While it does not look particularly special, it happens to be an optical illusion. Can you figure out what is going on?
New Zealand sculptor Neil Dawson creates large-scale pieces crafted from aluminum and steel. His sculpture titled ‘Horizons’ shown below resembles a sheet of cloth or paper gently floating to the ground. In reality, it is made of welded steel and measures an imposing 15m high and 36m long. The tree in the background of this [...]