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There is a road in Scotland where bicyclists have to pedal hard to ride downhill… but then coast uphill. Why?
Mind your step is a street illusion at Sergels torg in Stockholm. It is created by photographer Erik Johansson and this video summarize the first three days. Hey, it was filmed in full-HD, so why not watch it in full screen mode.
The McGurk effect is a compelling demonstration of how we all use visual speech information. The effect shows that we can’t help but integrate visual speech into what we ‘hear’.
Today we post a beautiful picture suggested to us by Alan Mason an artist and writer from Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, England. It is Rene Magritte‘s famous painting ‘Le Blanc-Seing’ (literal translation: “The Blank Signature”) which roughly translates as “free hand” or “free rein”. Alan also tells us Magritte was recorded as saying that the purpose of art was to puzzle and mystify people, which resonates well with us here at Optical Spy. Initially, the painting appears to be an ordinary painting … Continue reading
This new advertisement by Honda is brilliant. Take a look here. Now see how it was made. – Deskarati
There are seven hidden faces in the picture above, can you find them? Pop over to Optical Spy to see the answers - opticalspy
A stunning portrait of Charles Darwin by David Revoy that pays homage to Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory, created using different animal and plant species. Via opticalspy
Thanks to Stephen Herbert for this interesting post We all know what a zoetrope is. One of those “cookie tins on a stick”, with slots in the sides, that show a repeating cartoon of a second or so, from a strip of drawings. Dates from way back – 1860s, maybe earlier – and still found in some toy stores. All true, but when we look closely at what a zoetrope is and does, things start to get a little weird … Continue reading
The Optical Spy fish tank has an unusual construction. Try and imagine how you would put this tank in the corner of your room. Luckily the fish don’t seem to care, it looks like they’re having a great time.
Our friends over at Optical Spy have added a great new gallery featuring some of M.C. Escher‘s most famous artworks. But they have all been lovingly colored in. See more here Escher in Color
This excellent illusion was made by Felice Varini. Many more examples of Varini’s work on his website.
D.L. “Rusty” Rust was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1932. He began drawing and painting at a very early age and has never had the desire to be anything but a serious artist. His early work was directly influenced by his grandfather, Emil Rust, Gil Elvgren, Bob Toombs, and Norman Rockwell. However, he feels there has been no one single influence in his wildlife art and insists that all wildlife artists have affected his style. For many years, Rusty’s paintings … Continue reading
Click picture for larger view. Can you see what lies beneath in this autostereogram type picture? Via - Optical Spy.
So what exactly are we looking at in this Cliff Face Illusion. Is it one face or two faces and are they real or has someone been photoshopping? We would love to hear your thoughts. via Cliff Face – optical spy.
This is a picture of the 29 storey Pinnacle building at Symphony Place in Nashville, Tennessee. The building’s beautiful mirrored finish makes it almost invisible when photographed at the right angle on a sunny day.