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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. 

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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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Li Hongbo | Out Of Paper - YouTube

The former book editor whose fascination with one material has gone to artistic extremes. Subscribe to our channel Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CraneTV Fac...
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Fantastic effort.

Watch the first 30 seconds at least - amazing.

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Visual Artist Creates Stunning Illusions in Pencil Drawings

Visual Artist Creates Stunning Illusions in Pencil Drawings | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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These pictures are big and drawn with a pencil by Ben Heine. I hope he gets paid well.

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Televisual | NEWS & COMMENTS

Televisual | NEWS & COMMENTS | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Televisual | The Business Magazine For The Broadcast And Production Community
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Includes a video. Pretty spectacular...

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Box

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured ent...
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Nice movie showing the creation of 3D effects on very large, mobile screens...I think.

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The Unbelievable 3D Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto

The Unbelievable 3D Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We've seen latte art before, but these designs by Kazuki Yamamoto are over the top- literally! The Japanese "cappuccino painter" piles up foam to make thre
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Latte art...somebody has too much time on their hands.

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The Thinker at Tower 42 - by Jonty Hurwitz

Sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz on exhibition at Tower 42. Oct 2011 to Jan 2012 http://www.jontyhurwitz.com/wonga-co-founder
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Create combination of art and maths to produce an anamorphic sculpture.

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26 3-D Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind

26 3-D Tattoos That Will Blow Your Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Looking for inspiration for your next ink investment? Look no further than this amazing collection of 3d tattoo art! On Visual News, we've brought you nume
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I must admit these are brilliant but the thought of having to 'wear' them for the rest of my life is a bit off-putting...

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3D Optical Illusions by Justen Ladda (12 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings > 3D, illusions, installations, paintings, sculptures

3D Optical Illusions by Justen Ladda (12 Pictures) > Design und so, Film-/ Fotokunst, Installationen, Paintings > 3D, illusions, installations, paintings, sculptures | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Herrliche Serie von optischen Illusionen von dem aus New York kommenden Künstler Justen Ladda, der
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The article is in German but very clever anamorphic illusions go beyond language barriers.

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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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18 Optical Illusion Tattoos That Will Make You Take A Second Look

18 Optical Illusion Tattoos That Will Make You Take A Second Look | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Body art with a difference.
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I find it hard to believe that these illusions are real - but if they are, they are impressive.

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Trippy 3D Moon Illusion Knows When You’re Looking at It

Trippy 3D Moon Illusion Knows When You’re Looking at It | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever looked at a full Moon, especially through a telescope, there’s something you notice almost immediately: It looks flat.
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Needs red-green glasses for the full effect.  Read Phil Plait's description for some further eye-popping delights.  He also includes an attempt at explaining what is going on inside your brain.

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Crazy Wayfarer Optical Illusion

This fan blew our mind with his Wayfarer featured optical illusion.
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Really clever anamorphic illusion.  Good use of a human to show it's full effect.

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Chalk artists create 3D illusions on the the streets of Atlantic City — NewsWorks

Chalk artists create 3D illusions on the the streets of Atlantic City — NewsWorks | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
On Indiana Avenue near Bally s Casino in Atlantic City a giant centipede crawled out of a yawning black hole in the pavement where a sewer cover had been dislodged But instead of running away a
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Nice slideshow of a recent 3D chalk art display in Atlantic City.

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Drawings That Leap Off the Page | Mighty Optical Illusions

Drawings That Leap Off the Page | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
I'm not sure if we already featured Alessandro Diddi, a skilled italian illustrator. Just watch how brilliantly he makes it possible for his viewers to believe
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I have featured this artist before but I just shake my head at his unbelievable ability to draw 3D object on paper.

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Blurred Vision: Brilliant Sculptures Made Out of Coat Hangers

Blurred Vision: Brilliant Sculptures Made Out of Coat Hangers | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If stopping by the dry cleaner to drop off and pick up clothes is a normal part of your routine, then you've probably accumulated more wire hangers than yo
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Look closely at the picture. It is all made up of coat hangers.  [Head shake]

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Ferris Wheel Chalk Drawing Illusion

Ferris Wheel Chalk Drawing Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If you haven’t heard of Julian Beever before, head straight to the #3D Chalk Drawings category first!
The ferris wheel featured on your right was hand drawn by before-mentioned chalk artist of unquestionable talent.
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