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Link - by Avi Abrams
      Careful! Don't hurt your brain looking at these. Better yet, warp your
        brain into another dimension.

      It's easy to get dizzy just looking at these objects, trying to process
      how could they possibly be constructed and where is the mysterious "hidden
      joint, gap or break"? Today we are going to look at various shape, color,
      shadow and 3D perspective illusions:

      (upper left image credit:
        Yui Kubo, middle
        Francis Tabary)

      1. Hard-to-Believe Colour Illusions

      They will not make your dizzy, but they will make you doubt your eyes a
      few times. In some cases, the factual colors are so hard to believe, that
      you would need to bring them into Photoshop and actually measure the color
      values. Let's start with a well-known illusion, which still amazes me
      every time I look at it: Believe it or not, square A and B are actually
      the same color! -

      (image credit:
        Edward H. Adelson)

      Here are more of messing-with-your-brain color examples:

      (image credit: Rebas)

      The "brown" tile on the floor and the "yellow" tile in the middle of the
      cube's side facing to the left ARE THE SAME COLOR! Hard to believe... here
      another one.

        via, by
        R. Beau Lotto)

      (images via
        1, 2)

      The next one is rather less known, and also very weird:
      The Angry Face! -
      Click here
      to see this illusion...

      2. Reflective Art & Mirror Illusions

      These drawings seem to be (more or less) normal depictions of shipwrecks
      and storms, but if you put a cylindrical mirror on top of them, you'll see
      a Jules Verne portrait, or Walt Disney's face... (more of these


      Best examples of "reflective illusions" we've seen so far:

      (original unknown)

      3. Fake 3D Perspectives & Impossible 3D Sculptures

      A classic example of topologically unique sculptures is the Moebius Strip.
      Emmanuel Lattes made probably the best representation of it in recent
      memory: 3D Printed Double Moebius Strip (more
      info) -

      (image credit:
        Emmanuel Lattes)

      Another artist who makes topologically confounding objects is
      Bulatov. See the
      of his works made from steel and bronze (bottom row - made from wood):

      (images credit: Bulatov)

      As for the visually impossible 3D sculptures, well, they are not so much
      "impossible", in a sense that all these structures do exist. They're just
      "specially designed" to morph into geometrically impossible forms when
      seen at a particular viewing angle:


      French magician
      Francis Tabary
      created many such strange objects, some placed in an outdoor garden
      environment - all of them head-scratching and eye-catching examples of 3D
      optical illusions:

      (images credit:
        Francis Tabary)

      A doghouse? With some lost dogs inside -


      This image shows how this "impossible doghouse" was constructed. Just as
      you guessed, it's all about strategically placed gaps and a particular
      point of view:

      (originals unknown)

      The "Impossible Dice" and the "Disappearing Column" by extremely inventive
      Japanese artist Shigeo Fukuda:


      His "Duet" sculpture transforms from a pianist to a violinist, when
      rotated or depending on your point of view:

      (images by
        Shigeo Fukuda)

      Computer-generated objects (even though they're just models) still hold a
      certain fascination and curiosity to the eye.
      Josh Sommers
      makes impossible objects look classy and even Art Deco-ish:

      (images credit:
        Josh Sommers)

      4. Shadow Illusions by Shigeo Fukuda

      Shigeo Fukuda is famously known for creating a few completely
      mind-boggling Shadow Sculptures. The beautiful shadow shapes appear
      out of the complete chaos, out of the seemingly random piles of junk:

      (images by
        Shigeo Fukuda)

      This Shadow Illusion Text is by Francis Tabary:

      (image credit:
        Francis Tabary)

      Again, sublime reflections and shadows - to fit every mood:

      (originals unknown)

      5. Impossible Architecture and Interior Design

      "The Waterfall" falls firmly into the category of impossible sculptures,
      bringing to life the famous painting by M.C. Escher - see the original
      here. On the right is the same structure replicated in... LEGO (more

      (images via
        2, 3,

      More mind-bending and surreal works by Escher:


      Another LEGO re-creation of M.C.Escher's stairs and labyrinthine rooms was
      made by
      Henry Lims:

      (images credit:
        Henry Lims)

      An impossible door (below right):


      6. Not what it seems! Masterpieces of 3D Street Pavement Art

      Kurt Wenner is
      the foremost practitioner of this popular urban art subgenre. He paints
      epic, spiritual and inspiring 3D canvases on the humble street pavement,
      which fit perfectly in European cities, among Gothic cathedrals and
      gorgeous architecture:

      ("Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)" - images credit:
        Kurt Wenner)

      J. Beever has
      accumulated quite a portfolio of street paintings over the years. They are
      dizzying, strange, often humorous... Again, these so called "anamorphic
      illusions" create an impression of three dimensions only when seen at a
      particular angle:

      (images credit:
        J. Beever)

      (left: Edgar Mueller; right:
        J. Beever)

      The "Crevasse" (above left) may have been inspired by the art of Julian
      Beever, but it is an independent and astonishing work by German artist
      Edgar Mueller - see more examples

      (art by:
        Edgar Mueller,

      Illusory Photo Manipulation in Advertising

      Sometimes a particular advertising campaign can turn scary, surprising our
      senses with a "floor-less" elevator, see below. Of course, it's only a
      trick painting on the elevator's floor...


      Imagine trying to pass a truck like this on a highway... giving more space
      to that sticking out bottle, just in case:


      It's easy to see why the paintings below are so unique.
      Guido Daniele paints on
      hands... other advertising also uses feet:


      And finally, these are not illusions, but photo-manipulated and
      mind-bending "reality" nevertheless:

      ("Octopus", art by
        Leo Vilela; other images via
        John Lund)

      Also Read: "OPTICAL ILLUSIONS IN ART"! ->


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that the reflection tattoo on that bald head is actually an M.C. Escher original as well. "Hand met spiegelende bol" from 1935, to be precise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_with_Reflecting_Sphere

Anonymous Sherman Unkefer said...

Wow - a lot of fun to look at! My mind is sufficiently blown!


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