The Scarlet Rope by Norman Parker

Impossible 30 June 2014 0 Comments

The Scarlet Rope by Norman Parker

This painting from British surrealist artist Norman Parker is a reworking of a familiar optical illusion.  Glastonbury Tor, a holy hill in Southwest England, can be seen in the background through the impossible columns / pillars.  As you move from the top of the painting to the bottom, the four square columns transform into six […]

Tightrope Illusion at Phaeno Science Centre

Forced Perspective 7 November 2013 0 Comments

Tightrope Optical Illusion

This photograph, taken at the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany, shows a young woman carefully walking on a tightrope strung between two buildings.  A pretty typical piece of advice for someone with a fear of heights is, “Don’t look down!”.  In this case, however, the woman should have no trouble staring down at the […]