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Just when I discovered this new Felice Varini’s ‘anamorphic illusion’ on Wooster Collective, reader called Steve submitted me the original BBC article about this optical illusion. Steve said it’s an art illusion done on a large scale, and added: “scroll through the photo set to see what I mean”. You have to find the exact spot in this Bay barrage to see the illusion perfectly, like in the first photo below. Other photos inside this article show you how this “art installation” looks like, when viewed from other places. As I said, the piece was done by the Swiss artist Felice Varini on the Cardiff Bay barrage, and ran between March 11 and 25th. I posted much more of Varini’s performances before. Many of them like 3D painted rooms, and buildings painted in circles can be found inside our “3D Sidewalk Art” category. Also, be sure to check the Wooster Collective, since it’s very similar in topic to our little community. I even asked them that we form some kind of partnership or link exchange. Will keep you informed!

Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini
Cardiff Bay Baragge Illusion by Felice Verini


46 Responses
  1. alex_can_fly says:

    Wow! How do people have time to do this?!
    Usually looks great too!
    1st Comment? Probably not.

  2. Anonymous says:

    dude 1st coment!!

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    number 1!

    cool illusion

  5. Anonymous says:

    Vedy Niiiizzzza!

  6. Anonymous says:

    hahaha Thought it was computer animation first. nicely done looks really cool.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Awesome illusion! How do people get is so exact that it looks like this. oh no… huston street just gave up another 2 runs! Now the put embree in? anways very cool illusion…

  8. Ribbed says:

    Felice Varini is a madman! I wonder how he accomplishes these huge pieces… maybe a laser beam projecting the image, then he runs around with a bucket of paint and a brush covering everywhere the laser hits?

  9. Anonymous says:

    ribbed, I think your right. good thinking

  10. Anonymous says:


  11. Shauzia says:

    And to think i was beginning to doubt this site…This illusion is sooooooooooooo cool!!

  12. Trevor says:

    I really like how they use the minimum amount of paint needed. Great pix!

  13. Rifton says:

    this is just great… awesome…

  14. Lee-Pro says:

    Sweet! That is one nice illusion!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Very cool, i bet they used a big projector and did the outline durring the night. Or they just spent a whole lot more time than i would have. Reminds me of the work by Julian Beever. Look him up if you have the time.

  16. AK says:

    super cool illusion. i love seeing the illusions by people who spend hours on seemingly pointless things, like that guy who made a motorcycle shadow from kitchen cutlery.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Can u shut up about the first comment things plz…Yur normally not first comment anyway..Its not even a comment, just saying yur the first. At least comment on the illusion

  18. murderous piano says:

    i love these¬!!!!
    i also love wine gums…

  19. Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!! Abixx's friend! says:

    yeh, really kl illusion! it must hav taken him ages to paint!

    alex_can_fly: yes u r first, but all the Anonymous’s – U R NOT! u were 2nd, 4th and 7th!! idiots

  20. Graham says:

    It’s one of those illusions that looks just odd in the first picture then amazing as you look at more and more pictures.

    O/T Guys, please stop all this sad pointless ‘wow first comment’ crap.

    It is so tedious when about seven in the first ten comments are just pointless.

  21. Anonymous says:

    if this guy receive some money to do this???, or he have a lot of free time to do this???? how many time to do this, a month???
    i realy want to meet this guy !!!

  22. cat_princess says:

    Why Is Everyone Saying 1st Comment?!?! Anyway, Good Illusion! There are loads more like these, Theyre cool too ;)

  23. Baghdad says:


  24. Anonymous says:

    sweet this is great

  25. Not At School Anymore says:

    Wow that is so cool seriously how do people have enough time to do this stuff?? I’d like to see that in person!

  26. garrett is so AWESOME! says:

    Dear Sam,

    it occurs to me that You were not in class on Tuesday.
    I announced to the class that there would be no class
    on Thursday April 12. Your exam is due next Tuesday
    instead of tonight.

    Best regards,

    Joe Anoatubby

  27. garrett is so AWESOME! says:

    sorry about that,my dad copied smthng different.i wanted to say: shut up about first comment!!!!!pay attention you idiots!!!!!!cool illusion.

  28. Jesse says:

    whoa… bet that took 4ever…

  29. Anonymous says:

    I agree with everyone bashing the “First!!!11!!1one111!!!eleven!!11!!oneone!!1 ZOMG!” comments, but all of you need to learn how to spell! The other thing that makes me rip my hair out is bad grammar. Half of these comments I couldn’t even understand.

  30. Anonymous says:

    this is the most amazing art I have seen in a long time!!! my suggestion is if you could create the image with a projection and then paint it…?

  31. Anonymous says:

    OMG I absolutely love allusions like this.

  32. furst says:


  33. Nathan says:

    At first I didn’t get it, but this is KOOL! There wouls have to be 27 before me :(

  34. guitarking says:

    Why are they all yellow? Besides that, AWESOME ILLUSION!!!!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    that is soooooooo kool!!!!! how do ppl do that??????

  36. rockies says:

    Ya! First Comment!
    Go me! Im soooo Awesome because i typed in a comment first!!!
    cool illusion

  37. Gone Surfing says:

    Someone’s out of yellow paint right now…

    Wow! That’s must’ve taken months(?)!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I liked how they painted a portion of the life-saver.

    What if it was used? Then there would be a HOLE in your circle “illusion.”

  39. Anonymous says:

    they missed a spot in the middle circle. great stuff though.

  40. MnM s says:

    heyy! lol bees took over the earth plus one looks like parking spot and who cares if your first oh…i forgot nobody does!

  41. sizwe says:

    did peolple actualy paint this :O

  42. Jeven Stone says:

    holy crap
    this crap is infreakingsane

  43. tamia says:

    Amazing! I luv the way you did this!!!! 5 stars coming right up!!!

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