Just take a step back and take a look at how big, small, unequal, inexplicable, and surprising the world is, explained in numerical terms that you can wrap your head around.
If it looks like a roof and it’s sloped downward like a roof, it should act like a damn roof and have stuff freaking slide off it, right? Not when it comes to Kokichi Sugihara’s “Impossible Rooftop.” Even if you place a ball on top of this model house’s roof, it won’t roll off. Instead, the ball will break physics,…
Here’s a fun art piece made by artist Matthieu Robert-Ortis: in one perspective, it looks like two giraffes standing opposite each other while in another, it looks like a single elephant staring straight at you. The piece plays on your perspective and hides two wire sculptures in one, what you see depends on which…
As parallel lines extend into the Z-space of a painting of photograph, they gradually converge toward a vanishing point. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, you captured the phenomenon right as it disappeared in front of your eyes.
Two parallel lines slowly intersect, then seem to vanish into the distance. No wonder it’s called a vanishing point. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, we want you to photograph it.
This short film is incredibly short and deceptive simple, but what it does in under two minutes is great fun to watch. An alien arrives on Earth and changes the perspectives of a man and his dog — not just metaphorically, but visually.
When I started to watch this video I thought I wasn't looking at a painting but a high definition flat display that tracked your eyes, modifying a 3D model to give you the illusion of real depth. And then the magics finally get revealed. It's so simple and so damn cool.
What a tricky mind trip. Though it looks like this fixed gear biker is playing a video game or stuck inside a M.C. Escher drawing or a part of an optical illusion, he's actually riding on a real bike course made with real ramps and doing real jumps. It just looks crazy from our perspective
Now that the Voyager 1 space probe has officially left the solar system, it would be nice to know where it is, exactly, in the large scheme of things. This crafty map will help.
Here's a reason to turn around when looking at the sunrise or sunset. At the far side of the sky might be another fake sunrise (or sunset), made from anticrepuscular rays.
Anamorphic illustrations that reveal themselves in the presence of a cylindrical mirror, go back to the 1500s. Jonty Hurwitz takes a similar idea but plays it out in sculpture form, creating distorted objects that reveal a clear image only in front of that shiny cylinder.
My mind pretty much exploded inwardly when I saw these pictures from below. Created by Michael H. Rohde, the pictures show something you hardly see (if ever): the perspective of the ground. It's so unsettling that it feels like you've stepped into some sort of time space warp or saw a glitch in the world that you…
One of the more popular optical illusions in art history is anamorphosis. It's a mind-bending form of art that dates back to the 1500s, and is still causing people to cock their heads and blink today. Take a look at the weird designs that artists come up with when they smush their own paintings.
Some of the most compelling optical illusions are often the simplest. Case in point: the drawings of Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki. With little more than a couple of sketchbooks, some pencils, and a little perspective, Hideyuki's 2D drawings turn into a series of surreal, three-dimensional weirdfests.
So you're a fan of time-lapse videos, and it goes without saying that you love optical illusions... but have you ever wondered what happens when you combine the two?
Wanna know who's got the most impressive web visuals we've seen in a while? It's a little site called Acko.net, written by Steven Wittens. Just head over there and slowly scroll down. You're looking into the web future. Here's how they did it. [Acko.net via Joel Johnson]
Perhaps it's because I love to draw, but I find this weird mechanical contraption absolutely fascinating. It allows anyone to draw in perfect perspective, matching the field of human vision.
There's nothing triangular about the Mount Teide volcano. From its base, it's the third largest volcano in the world but is pretty flat on top. So why does its shadow look like a perfect ghost pyramid rising over the horizon?
This huge hole in the middle of the street is actually the latest 3D perspective illusion by artist Erik Johansson. It even makes the unknowing people of Stockholm seem magical for walking over it. Sorcerers all of them. [Laughing Squid]
Starring everyone's favorite little yellow-circle-minus-a-wedge, the latest mind-melter from YouTube illusion wizard Brusspup changes perspective depending on where you're standing. It's even got the ghosts all spooked out. [YouTube]