Peregrination by David Macdonald

Impossible 14 August 2014 0 Comments

Peregrination by David Macdonald

David Macdonald, the creator of this impossibly perplexing scene, had the following to say about this work: The pathways in this building are in fact a single horizontal plane. There are no less than twenty two false links which treat this single plane as different levels …… stairs and ladders which simply serve to join […]

The Art of Thomas Barbèy

Miscellaneous 9 September 2013 0 Comments

Piano Peace by Thomas Barbey

Thomas Barbèy has a collection of photographs that were taken over a period of twenty years.  By combining multiple photographs from his archives, he creates unique and beautiful surreal scenes.   According to his official website, “Every single one of his images has to pass what he likes to call the “So what?” test. If […]

Getting Down to Business

Ambiguous 29 August 2013 3 Comments


Please note that a new feature has been added to An Optical Illusion.  Directly under the search bar on the right hand side is a link titled Random Optical Illusion.  Clicking this link will do exactly what you think it might do – it will load a random post from our database.  While I was […]

The Other Side of the Mirror by David Macdonald

Ambiguous,Impossible 17 December 2012 0 Comments

The Other Side of the Mirror by David Macdonald

Two young women ascend a set of stairs and cross paths.  Are they each looking in a mirror simultaneously? The artist, David Macdonald, notes that: This illusion was made over a period of about a month: including preliminary pencil sketches and planning, drawing the initial construction, taking about 130 photographs from which the final few were […]

The Way to the Top

Impossible 12 November 2012 0 Comments

The Way to the Top by Erik Minnema

Impossible scenes are always welcome on this site.  We have previously featured impossible items such as triangles, stairs, nuts and tennis courts.  The following photograph represents an impossible chess board.  The modified board appears to be a flat surface.  But something is odd about it.  The pawn in the lower left corner looks as if […]

D for Deceive by Tang Yau Hoong

Impossible 7 November 2012 0 Comments

D for Deceive by Tang Yau Hoong

Tang Yau Hoong is a visual artist and graphic designer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who loves simplistic design.  Many of his works incorporate elements of illusion and surrealism.  In his impossible design below titled “D for Deceive”, the person walking up the staircase will be shocked to discover that they did not ascend upon reaching […]

Engineer’s Nightmare by Jos Leys

Impossible 27 August 2012 0 Comments

Engineer's Nightmare by Jos Leys

To call this stairway construction an engineer’s nightmare would be an understatement.    Start on the pathway at the bottom and climb down the stairs.  As you do so, you actually are moving up the building.  Be thankful that you are not the person tasked with constructing this bizarre series of stairs. To see more impossible […]