Italian photographer Barbara Scerbo has an incredibly expressive imagination. In her series, entitled Illusion, the artist composes visually intriguing images that are beautiful and, at the same time, completely baffling.
In each scene, Scerbo creates fragmented portraits using mirrored reflections of the surrounding landscape. It's difficult to tell exactly what's…
Think you're just looking at some regular old knitted blankets and pillows? Korean Chae Young Kim wants you to believe that. Known for pushing boundaries in digital textiles, Kim mixes old tradition with new technology in her new home collection. "The Knitted Room" is her project where she uses 2-D vector graphics to create lines that look like knitted threads. Cushions, throws and even wallpaper…
If you love clever illusions that mess with your mind, then you're going to get a kick out of this new guerrilla advertising for Mercedes-Benz. To launch their new 2012 C-Class Coupe, they worked with BBDO Toronto, Canada to come up with this creative idea. A Benz was parked in front of a motion blurred wall, sidewalk, and billboard that read: “Looks fast. Even in park. The 450hp 2012…
What a trip! MINI worked with ad agency DraftFCB in Zurich to create a guerilla poster that made you feel as though you were about to embark on a race. Set during the morning rush hour, the illusion gave the message: Speed yourself up! By asking drivers to go from zero to the maximum legal speed in no time, the ad challenges you to find adventure in the mundane. The picture montage was… Continue
British artist James Hopkins makes us, simultaneously, smile and scratch our heads with his seemingly ordinary cartoon sculptures. His acrylic plastic characters, called Perspective Sculptures, are all part of a crazy illusion that unveils itself when the works are viewed from a different perspective.
It's all part of Hopkins' plan or the way his art works. "The majority of my practice is concerned with the role of judgment in connection to the… Continue
I need to go to Japan to see this! Peek inside the windows of the Issey Miyake store in Tokyo, and you'll think you're looking at a room full of blue chairs. But that's where you'd be wrong! The white floor only has blue chair backs popping out of the floor, the rest of the chair, the seats and legs, have been painted on the ground!
Scanning images of crumpled aluminum foil, artist Pae White made this mind-bending main stage curtain for the Oslo Opera House. The digitized image was fed into a computer driven loom to weave the curtain, creating the illusion of a 3D surface.
Called “Metafoil,” it's a modern take on the centuries-old tradition of weaving, but with a digital twist. “Metafoil takes advantage of the… Continue
Though Halloween has now passed, we can't help but want to write about this amazing costume by Replica Prop Forum member Penwiper. Her Weeping Angel costume looks so amazingly real, you just have to sit back at it and stare. The costume is based on characters from Doctor Who, a British science fiction television program produced by the BBC. The Weeping Angels… Continue
In what has to be one of the trippiest yet coolest installations we've seen yet, Lead Pencil Studio has created this clean air advertisement at the U.S. and Canada border near Vancouver. The giant frame, made of stainless steel rods, curiously frames the air. Why?
Just why is this woman crying in the window? Don't worry, she's not. What you're actually looking at is an advertisement on the street! Photographer Pat Padua took this photo in New York on one rainy day. His amazing illusion is achieved by his thoughtful composition and his ability to see a story where most of us wouldn't look.
A pretty cool picture of a bright Persian rug? Not quite. In fact, what you're actually looking at is a dry-erase board on top of a shipping pallet. Created by Chris Held, a visual artist from the Portland-based design house Von Tundra, the interactive art piece is called Persian Pallet. It was co-created with American artist Andrew Vomhof.… Continue
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Reminiscent of fables and fairy tales, this photo shoot by Paolo Roversi grabs your attention because of the storytelling shadows. Model Lara Stone stars as the heroine as she dons couture ballgowns from the likes of Dior, Versace, Chanel and Valentino. Shot for Vogue Italia's March 2010 issue, the shoot is simply striking, isn't it?…
If you're into optical illusions, this painting by Patrick Hughes is a doozy. As the camera pans different angles of the piece, walls seem to fly out, while secret hallways appear. "Paradoxymoron" is currently being shown in the basement of the British Library in London.
I love the originality of this installation by New York-based artist Naoko Ito. After sawing a tree branch into small pieces, she places the individual pieces into different sized jars. Once complete, she stacks up all the jars to recreate the orignal form of the branch, giving us the illusion that it's still in one piece.…