What you see is not always true. Our perception is many times fooled by illusions. Illusions, so compelling that their one dimensional form overshadows the true three dimensional one. Over the time you must have come across many optical illusion photographs and paintings. However, what we have brought here are some larger than life illusions.
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Some can give you goose bumps, some can teach you lessons while others can just make you laugh. But no matter whether their purpose is fulfilled or not. They remain some of the world’s most amazing and photographic illusion marvels of the world.
1. Elevator floor illusion
You had a fun time in the mall shopping. Laden with bags, you punched the button for the elevator and the thing comes. The doors open and with it, your heart skips a beat or two. It has no floor! Or does it? Watch closely and you will either be too shocked or feel too stupid about yourself. The elevator does have floor but painted in a way that is giving it the illusion of not having a base.
2. Earthquake illusion
We all fear natural disasters. A mighty earthquake that can make buildings crumble like toys- the very thought can make you shiver. Red Cross, the famous humanitarian organization used the deceptive power of optical illusion to shock viewers. This was done to create awareness amongst the people of San Francisco pertaining to earthquake. They creatively used a large mobile display and showed the grave destruction an earthquake can cause.
3. Leaning tower illusion
This is a DIY illusion which you can click yourself. All you need is a ticket to Pisa, Tuscany. If you click two pictures of the leaning tower, and put them adjacently. You will notice that the one on the right is leaning more. This happens because of optical illusion. Our visual system perceives the two images as part of a single scene. When two objects are at the same angle, their outlines converge and they recede from view. The visual system assumes that the towers with parallel corresponding outlines are diverging as they rise from the view.
4. Triple sunrise illusion
A natural illusion, this happens because of hexagonal cross-sectioned ice halos. These can be seen more often than rainbows. Such phenomenon takes place in cold regions. The most common phenomena include a sun pillar above the rising sun. A 22 degree halo arc will surround the sun and the pillar. Sundogs appear at the left and right edges of the arc, giving an illusion of triple sunrise.
5. Land shark optical illusion
‘Land Shark’ is not just a Saturday night live skit for fun. Designers have gone for a real life sized shark (though slightly bigger) portrait on a bus. The bus advertises the famous Nat Geo Channel. The door has been painted with the shark’s teeth. Every time the door opens it looks as if the shark has opened its mouth. The closing procedure looks like the shark finally engulfing the person in its mouth.
6. Transparent street signs illusion
Ever seen a transparent sign board? There is none but the one designed by Cayetano Ferrer can actually get you into believing that it exists. He paints the street signs with the images of its background in such a professional manner that you start thinking that you can actually see what is behind.
7. Cardiff bay illusion
Swiss artist Felice Varini painted an illusion at Cardiff Bay which is a masterpiece. The illusion is so perfectly painted that any person who doesn’t know the trick will be shocked to his wits. The illusion displays a large oval with many concentric ovals inside it displayed over a huge area of bay which includes buildings of irregular heights. Irrespective of the fact, the design is perfectly oval.
8. Shadow illusion
Tim Noble and Sue Webster have got the best out of waste. They molded garbage in a manner whose shadow looks like two people sitting back to back. They wanted to explore the hazardous effects of consumer culture through new modes of portraiture and thus came up with this unusual piece of art.
9. Death ad illusion
A ‘be careful’ ad demonstrates a lady lying on a floor. However, it is not a real lady but a beautifully drawn artwork, which gives such impression. The company got it made so that they can tell people how to use the stairs properly.
10. Money illusion
This one is the simplest of all. And the fact that anyone can do it makes it even more interesting. Take a pound note and fold it into half. With the fold, the queen’s face too will be folded. Now take the part which shows the queen’s upper half face. Ask someone to hold it some distance away from you. However, it should be aligned with the lower half of your face. At a certain angle, it will fit perfectly with your face.