Frazzle by Kaia Nao

Motion 3 March 2016 0 Comments

Frazzle by Kaia Nao

If you suffer from motion sickness, now might be a really good time to get out your Dramamine.  As your eyes move across this series of nine distorted circular objects, you may notice that they start to move or pulsate.  It almost looks as if the circles are made of wax and are somehow melting […]

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 […]

Schmear by Kaia Nao

Motion 27 February 2014 0 Comments


The vibrant flowing colors of this peripheral drift motion illusion appear to swirl and move as your eyes move around the image.  For another great motion illusion, have a look at the Psychedelic Motion Illusion. (via Kaia Nao)

Ambiguity by Kaia Nao

Ambiguous,Impossible 26 October 2012 0 Comments

Ambiguity Illusion by Kaia Nao

Ambiguity is defined as doubtfulness or uncertainty with respect to interpretation.  In the image below, a string is threaded through a series of tubes.  Do you notice anything doubtful or uncertain as you try to interpret how this string is threaded through the tubes? This image was designed by Kaia Nao.

Caterpillar Race by Kaia Nao

Motion 3 October 2012 0 Comments

Caterpillar Race Illusion by Kaia Nao

We have featured terrific motion illusions from optical artist Kaia Nao in the past.  If you missed them, you may want to take a look at the floating star illusion and tunnel vision.  Below, he has created a design that features ten very colorful caterpillars.  When you look at the entire image, do they appear […]

Floating Star Illusion by Kaia Nao

Motion 6 July 2012 0 Comments

Floating Star Illusion by Kaia Nao

Optical artist Kaia Nao designed the following star that incorporates a peripheral drift effect applied to a random pattern.  Does it appear to be moving? This illusion was selected to be a finalist in the 2012 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

Tunnel Vision by Kaia Nao

Motion 29 May 2012 3 Comments

Tunnel Vision by Kaia Nao

As you look down this tunnel designed by optical artist Kaia Nao, does it appear to be moving?  Does the back of the tunnel seem to be moving toward you? This image is completely static and not animated in any way.  It might seem hard to believe, but it is true!