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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm

Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha uses her arms and a lick of paint to create the most amazing optical illusions, and has built up a following of 16,000 on Instagram.
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An artist who uses her hands and arms to sketch 3D figures and concepts.
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Incredible optical illusion revealed. Horizontal or vertical?

An incredible optical illusion with light and shade as a piece of art.
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Very effective piece of artwork.

Pity about the camera work.

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Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist

Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Mind bending fun: engaging and accessible.
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Mirror illusions

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New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini

New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously) recently opened a new solo exhibition titled "La Villette En Suites" featuring a number of anamorphic projections designed to be viewed from a single location creating an uncanny optical illusion. Varini is fascinated by ar
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Some really clever anamorphic illusions in Paris.

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Body paintings by Natalie Fletcher that merge with the landscape

Body paintings by Natalie Fletcher that merge with the landscape | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artist Natalie Fletcher creates amazing body paintings that becomes one with the landscape. Her figures merge with the background creating the effect of transp…
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Thanks Rakesh Nair for this clever site.

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Interactive illusions

Interactive illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Playing with mind-bending 3D art installations.
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The Chinese do have a sense of humour.  Fantastic art work.

 

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Window Silhouettes Illusions

Window Silhouettes Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Voici une nouvelle série de l’artiste espagnol Pejac réalisée en intérieur, proposant ainsi avec un simple pinceau d’inclure des jolies silhouet
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This artist create silhouettes in proportion and then takes photos giving the illusion of depth.

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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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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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The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson

The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson produces some remarkable illusions. If you are curious about how his latest image--entitled Landfall--was put together then this video has a lot of the answers as Erik takes us through the process from concept to completion.
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Nice art work - includes five images.

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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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Nature Melts with Color: Herb Williams' Crayon Sculptures

Nature Melts with Color: Herb Williams' Crayon Sculptures | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
According to artist Herb Williams, “Crayons are a gateway drug”... and perhaps that’s why he’s one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintain
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Wow, this person's stationary budget must be huge!

Creating art with crayons. Who would have thunk it?

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Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos)

Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha Simpson
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Spectacular art work from Lisha Simpson. Stunning.
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THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY

THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
by Ariadna Zierold Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exh
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Hurray! Some original (sort of) illusions.

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A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris

A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When driving on Parisian highways, beware of vehicles stopped on the shoulder, unexpected weather delays and, of course, massive and hypnotic optical illusions.

For example, this stunning wo
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A 400ft x 100ft illusion of a hole in the road.  Man, that is dedication...

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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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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.
Gerald Carey's insight:

Terrific range of illusions that are interactive Museum pieces. Lucky people of the Phillipines!

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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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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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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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At First I Thought These Were Regular Paintings. Then I Kept Looking And...Holy Cow!

At First I Thought These Were Regular Paintings. Then I Kept Looking And...Holy Cow! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You think you've seen it all, and then something like this comes along.
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The above photo does not do justice to what this artist has done. How to make real people seem like flat pieces of art.

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Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages

Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Liu Bolin’s art has been featured in hundreds of blogs and magazines (including Illusion), his work has been displayed in galleries in New York, France and beyond; and he was a guest speaker at TED. This Chinese artist already has a heavy schedule for the fall, as he’ll be showcasing his pictures at Artinternational, Paris Photo,...
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Wow. Liu is brilliant.

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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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Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects | Colossal

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Netherlands-based artist Redmer Hoekstra draws fascinating composite illustrations that merge animals and everyday objects or machines, from a lizard with computer keyboard scales to an owl with books for wings.

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Does it have a point? I'm not sure but the drawings are very clever.

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