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These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic

These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Think paper is basic? Think again.

Yulia Brodskaya manages to turn paper into fantastical, illusionary artworks that come to life. A graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with companies from Neiman Marcus and Hermes to Starbucks and Ben...
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Using paper to make some spectacular figures and images.

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Urban Camo: Body Paint Blends Humans into City Backdrops | Urbanist

Urban Camo: Body Paint Blends Humans into City Backdrops | Urbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Human figures blend into iconic New York City scenes, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Guggenheim Museum, in artist Trina Merry‘s tromp l’eoil urban ...
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Wow. Trina has created some fabulous figures. But how?

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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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These Structures Are Not Optical Illusions, They Were Carved Directly Into Blocks of Marble - TechEBlog

These Structures Are Not Optical Illusions, They Were Carved Directly Into Blocks of Marble - TechEBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Neat sculptures made out of stone

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Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH.

Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

New York City-based artist Kumi Yamashita has created a stunning series of sculptures which, when lit from the right angle, cast human shadows. The physical sculptures themselves are either made from three-dimensional lettering, cast resin, or sheet metal jutting out from the wall. 

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Fantastic shadow illusions from a artist with a lot of patience!

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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Perfect example in the picture above...

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45 Mind-Bending Photos You Need To See Twice To Understand

45 Mind-Bending Photos You Need To See Twice To Understand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Unbelievable Photography
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Some good efforts - but more like trick photography than illusions.

However...

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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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An Assortment of Visual Illusions

An Assortment of Visual Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A big part of Zachary Norman’s art focuses on his study and creation of optical illusions from stacked 3D cubes that appear to be falling over, to impossible objects that are crazily intertwined and messing with one’s mind. If you enjoy these images, also view the work of Fanette G. and Gianni Sarcone. Images ©...
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Great use of mirrors to create illusions.

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Spectacular “River Giants”

Spectacular “River Giants” | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
High-speed photographer Jack Long takes captures of colored water eruptions that resemble stained-glass jellyfishes. Suspended in mid-air, these liquid forms only last a fraction of a second, and some shots require two cameras to create a three-dimensional effect. Jack Long calls them “Giants,” and as pretty as they look, they actually take a lot of...
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A very colourful set of photos that look like flying jellyfish.

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Artist Hikaru Cho Creates Visual Illusions That Are Good Enough to Eat | Junkculture

Artist Hikaru Cho Creates Visual Illusions That Are Good Enough to Eat | Junkculture | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Artists are so clever...

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Add white lines to GIFs and they become 3D animations [10 GIFs]

Add white lines to GIFs and they become 3D animations [10 GIFs] | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Employing a nifty trick that plays with our perspective, various GIF-creators around the internet are adding simple white bars to the animated images they're creating. With that basic edit, the animations turn from ordinary movie scenes to appearing...
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A few example gifs showing how the addition of a couple of white lines can give the illusion of depth.

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Hovering Tree Illusions Aim to Raise Awareness About the Plight of our Urban Forests | Junkculture

Hovering Tree Illusions Aim to Raise Awareness About the Plight of our Urban Forests | Junkculture | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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More 'floating trees'. The first photo doesn't really work but the next two are very clever.

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This Street Performer Has Mastered One of the Greatest Illusions

This Street Performer Has Mastered One of the Greatest Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These Prague street performers have pulled off one of the finest executions of the levitating man illusion you will ever see. For those of you who hate fun and wonder, we've got the secret — and the physics — behind this ancient trick.
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How to create your own levitation illusion.

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Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

 excellFrom Virgin Mary in a slice of toast to the appearance of a screaming face in a man’s testicles, David Robson explains why the brain constructs these illusions

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An excellent article about the phenomenon of pareidolia.

There are a number of really good images which show it clearly and it reviews some experiments designed to see what happens in the brain when exposed to examples of this.

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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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Artist ‘Skewers’ People With Optical Illusions (7 Pics)

Artist ‘Skewers’ People With Optical Illusions (7 Pics) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Splendid set of photos.

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5 Illusions Reveal How Portraits Can Lie

5 Illusions Reveal How Portraits Can Lie | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Portrait photography traverses fact and fancy
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All the above photos are look-a-likes that are unrelated! Read on to find out aboit the look-a-like project

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11 mind-bending optical illusions you probably shouldn't look at if you're hungover

11 mind-bending optical illusions you probably shouldn't look at if you're hungover | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions are confusing at the best of times, but if you're still feeling a bit ropey after a big night these tricks might make you lose your mind...or your lunch
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A collection of old illusions in the form of videos and lots of clichés in the descriptions.

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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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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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5 Anamorphic Illusions! Awesome creations! » Fascinating Pics

5 Anamorphic Illusions! Awesome creations! » Fascinating Pics | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Some more great anamorphic illusions.

List of five photos here including some different perspectives.

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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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The Intriguing Mirror Illusions by Barbara Scerbo

The Intriguing Mirror Illusions by Barbara Scerbo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In her series, which is called Illusion, Barbara Scerbo, Italian photographer composes some intriguing and creative images that are cleverly execute and leave the person amazed and smiling. These images...
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This is clever stuff. Still scratching my head about how Barbara achieved this.

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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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