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The brain and illusions
What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good

Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
French visual artist Jordan Molina, 22, aka TutoDraw is known for his 3D artwork – he can make wild animals, Disney princesses and superheroes literally jump off the page.
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Could only see one photo of this guy's work but it was a beauty!
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3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk

3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The world's foremost experts on 3D street art create imaginary worlds so realistic it takes a triple-take to grasp exactly what you're looking at.
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Fantastic street art collection.
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Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits

Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Balls of aluminum foil transform into Darth Vader and irregular chunks of chocolate cookies covered in rainbow sprinkles become the Star Wars logo when a ...
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Nice shadow work to create Star Wars figures.

Includes a video.

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Weird perspective of a painting found in Windsor, England - YouTube

Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK www.thegalleryatice.co.uk painted by Brian Weavers, http://www.brianweavers.co.uk/
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Keep an eye on the video up until the end.

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Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo

Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Indonesian Artist Ivan Hoo is a master at creating optical illusions. No, those aren't real starbucks cups, they are the result of pastels, pencils and outstanding talent. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivan-Hoo-Art/441601749220801
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When I first saw the Starbucks cups on the wooden piece, I thought, "Ho hum" until I realised that they were drawings!

I should have said, "Whoo, Hoo!".

Incredible talent.

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3D Art Museum In Philippines Lets You Become A Part Of Their Art

3D Art Museum In Philippines Lets You Become A Part Of Their Art | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Most museums don't like to see their visitors take pictures, some going so far as to charge them for the privilege. But this is not the case at the Art In Island museum in Manila, The Philippines. Here, visitors are encouraged to interact and have fun with the art pieces, taking as many photos as they want.
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Terrific range of illusions that are interactive Museum pieces. Lucky people of the Phillipines!

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Notepad Illusions Look Like 3D Sculptures, But They're 2D Illustrations

Notepad Illusions Look Like 3D Sculptures, But They're 2D Illustrations | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When you first glance at artist João A. Carvalho's notepad paper illustrations, you may think you're seeing 3-dimensional objects. But on closer inspection, they're actually simple but clever illusions that use lines and shading to make images pop from the page.
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A very tricky set of illusions on notepad.

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76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions

76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This huge collection of wall art illusions will twist your brain into a pretzel. It's an inspiring kind of street art that will give you a creativity boost.
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A large collection of anamorphic artworks including lots of chalk art.

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joancporta's curator insight, October 6, 2014 1:06 PM

¡Impressionants il·lusions òptiques en arquitectura contemporània!

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Another 15 Amazing 3D Street Illusions (3d street, street illusions) - ODDEE

Another 15 Amazing 3D Street Illusions (3d street, street illusions) - ODDEE | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Advertisement or plain art, meet another 15 of the most awesome pieces of pavement 3D work. (3d street, street illusions)
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Some more street illusions from various artists.

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Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art.

Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These pictures are not Photoshopped! Teenage Japanese artist creates optical illusion with body art.
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This has been around before but it is worth having another look at the artistry of Choo San.

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Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions

Artists Transform Beach Sand Into Trippy Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A magical sight, before it all gets washed away.
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I have never seen this use of sand to get a 3D effect. Very clever - if you are standing in the right place!

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Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video]

Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video] | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
By using mixed media on canvas, corrugated plastic and wood, artist Aakash Nihalani created Vantage, an intriguing array of artworks in Rome, Italy.
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This includes photos and a vide of the work of Aakash.

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Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing!

Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@yalbader sent me this great photo of an optical illusion pedestrian crossing in Kyrgyzstan - what a fab idea!
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How did they keep the cars off?

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These Charming Optical Illusions Pop Off the Page | Monday Insta Illustrator | The Creators Project

Don't look down.
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Unfortunately, I can't show you a picture of what this very talented illustrator has done but it's worth having a look.
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Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion

Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Images uploaded by amerxp00
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The anamorphic work of Alessandro Diddi. 

Brilliant. Wish I could post more of his pictures.

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Drawing a Spiral Pattern Hole - Anamorphic Illusion

Drawing a spiral pattern hole, anamorphic optical illusion, 3D trick art Inspired by the hole in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Materials used:...
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Simple instructions on creating the appearance of a hole in paper.

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A Sprawling New Cut Paper Bacterium by Rogan Brown

A Sprawling New Cut Paper Bacterium by Rogan Brown | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artist Rogan Brown (previously) recently completed work on this new cut paper sculpture titled Cut Microbe. Four months in the making, the piece is a continuation of Brown's exploration of the human biome and was inspired by the form of salmonella and ecoli bacteria (this 44" scu
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Incredible paper! cut model of a bacterium.  No wonder it took him four months.  However, the results are spectacular!

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Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At

Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artists like Chris Carlson make trippy murals with their skillful mastery of perspective. Though his chalk drawings are on a flat surface, they're so well done that they'd have you to believe they were 3-D. A time-lapse of Carlson's work was recently featured on the...
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Includes some good videos.

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Mind-Boggling Optical Illusion Graffiti Looks Like It Floats In Mid-Air

Mind-Boggling Optical Illusion Graffiti Looks Like It Floats In Mid-Air | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Graffiti artist Odeith wanted to make his street art stand out, so he decided to create murals that are also anamorphic illusions. By skewing is images in just the right way and painting "shadows" on the walls and ground, Odeith is able to create designs that look like 3D objects hovering in space.
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Impressive bit of graffitti.

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A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Emulsifier is a curious glass sculpture designed by artist Thomas Medicus. The piece is built from 160 glass strips that are hand-painted on four sides with complimentary images. Only when the object is rotated and viewed from the right angle do the images appear. Watch the video abo
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This is clever. One sculpture but four different pieces of art.

It's an animated gif and a video so go to the website and have a look.

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Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy

Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

As part of the Memorie Urbane street art festival in Italy, Norweigan stencil artist Anders Gjennestad (aka Strøk) painted this shadowy mural on the side of an old school. 

Gerald Carey's insight:

Nice work, Anders Gjennestad.  How does he even think of this sort of art work?

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Illusions in Iran: Surreal 3D Murals Transform Urban Tehran | Urbanist

Illusions in Iran: Surreal 3D Murals Transform Urban Tehran | Urbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The blank concrete facades of urban Tehran offer an irresistible canvas for playful large-scale murals that seem to bend reality in unexpected ways. A city of ...
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Some fantastic illusionist murals in the last place on earth that I would expect to see them - Tehran, Iran.

Just shows how ignorant I am!

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You Must See These Sidewalk Chalk Art Illusions

You Must See These Sidewalk Chalk Art Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For most people, a sidewalk is a convenient way to get from here to there and the best use for an asphalt parking lot is to park your automobile. For a sidewalk chalk artist, these surfaces are viewed in a completely different light. They represent blank canvases awaiting temporary masterpieces to be drawn onto them.…
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These chalk drawings (what an understatement) are becoming incredibly complex pieces of art. Magnificent.

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Trick Art, Drawing 3D Crocodile, Time Lapse - YouTube

Anamorphic Illusion. Drawing a crocodile. How to draw a crocodile. Magic realism. Trick art on paper. How to draw a realistic crocodile. Visual illusion. 3D ...
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It''s hard to believe that it is going to look like a 3D diagram until right near the end.  How and where the artist cuts the paper is crucial.

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Reebok CrossFit: Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Street Art - YouTube

Today Reebok CrossFit, a revolutionary strength and conditioning programme, teamed up with artists 3D Joe and Max to break the Guinness World Record for the ...
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An old video but a good example of 3D art.

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