Dancing Wind Optical Illusion

It was a long and busy weekend for me here. Just to keep you informed, I’m thinking of moving my office (where Mighty Optical Illusions website is maintained) to separate location from my own department. So even though there wasn’t much work on the site itself (for the last 3 days), the work being done still involved this site.

Anyway, for today I dug one of the Rob Gonsalves’s surreal paintings we missed posting before. In the same way Rob managed to fluidly transform his Ships into Aqueduct, as well as seamlesly merged Camels with Palm Trees, this time he pulled something simmilar with dancing couples. How many newly wed couples can you count in the picture below? On the other hand, how many pairs of curtains do you see? When you add all the courtains and all the couples together, is the number corresponding to the rel sum of white objects in this painting?


38 Replies to “Dancing Wind Optical Illusion”

  1. I am not quite impressed by this painting.

    Meanwhile the others by him that you linked to were of high quality. (I especially liked the sailboat one)

  2. I have to disagree. The illusion here (to me) is clearly that we are led to believe there are more dancers because of the way the curtains are flowing. Much like Rob’s other painting in which we are led to believe there is more bridge than there actually is.

  3. i think its quite a good illusion – the 4th pair of dancers/5th curtain is hard to classify, and depends on what you’ve looked at prior

  4. I have to agree that I see a very clear line between the couples and the curtains. While there is similarity between the two I don’t think it is quite an illusion.

  5. hmm… I see 3 couples dancing the lady in a white dress- and 5 pair of wihte cutains…8 white candellights…11 white pillar. I don’t understand the sum – it won’t work out ??

  6. The idea is an M.C. Escher-esque slow transition from blowing curtains to dancing couples. It’s nice, and I appreciate it being posted, but it’s clear why Escher was the master. I see this as a tribute.

  7. The curtains give the illusion of brides dancing with their grooms. So, in my opinion, it is an illusion. And, I do enjoy this picture, for the record.

  8. The curtains are seperated but as the windows progress the curtains are getting closer and closer until it is the dancing couple…(in the shape of a U) its not really an illusion more of a “story” two seperate entities becoming one… thats what i see from it.

  9. I think we’re the curtains are well in the middle were the window opens that’s were the dancers came out of (“o”)

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