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Tried to publish a sample post via my new iPad today, but decided against it when I learned it’s too complicated. WordPress app works fine, yet Photoshop for iPad lacks image resizing tool. Shouldn’t this be the most used part of the program?! Anyway, let me show you some new stuff from Fred Eerdekens. Remember, he was the guy that wrote those funny letters on walls, using nothing but bent wire and light source to cast shadows. This one’s very similar, only wires have been replaced by specially trimmed trees! Can you see the illusion by yourself? What does it say? BTW, fun fact of the day: I bought my self a bonsai tree few days ago; but what I wasn’t aware is that “bonsai” is just a term for practice of keeping trees small? Were you aware of this? It appears you can trim almost any young tree and make it bonsai… Ie. small oak can be bonsai, just as small cherry tree can be bonsai too!

Flora Art Optical Illusion
Flora Art Optical Illusion
Flora Art Optical Illusion

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25 Responses
  1. Fenbar says:

    I like these, I especially like the last one.

  2. breandan says:

    last one is the best

  3. chris says:

    if you try to think about how they manage to do that, its pretty awesome

  4. Slammer says:

    last one is kinda cool, but I imagine it was a lot harder to create the ones with the trees, needing perfect placement and all. Itd be cool to have one :)

  5. a person says:

    these are soooo cool! :)

  6. Andrew says:

    interesting…

  7. Very interesting, I too groww bonsai trees. They are a lot of fun, once you get the knack of growing “small trees”. It is not as easy as it first seems. I like these illusions, there is a great deal of pains taking work done with those trees, nice job……..:)(:

  8. By the way,Vurdlak, Is there a reason some of my comments are not being posted?

  9. patrick says:

    yeah i knew the bonsai thing haha

  10. qwertyuiop says:

    really cool it would be really annoying to make all of them though…

  11. Shriya says:

    Last one is cool! But the others would’ve been hard to have made!! Awesome stuff!!

  12. Taylor says:

    awesome
    :))

  13. Michelle says:

    Really interesting and awesome :) I wonder if you can post how they can make those ones ;)

  14. Synco says:

    Is there any proof this is real. it could be photo-shopped. For example is there a photo through the trees? Or a movie that shows a rotating tree where the illusion appears and disappears on the wall.

  15. ZL123 says:

    Last one:
    left- ego
    right- god

    It’s easy to understand, but very hard to make!

  16. TM says:

    Are they painted on the walls? Otherwise some leaves are floating in mid air? Are the words a hint “STILL LIES”. The other interesting thing is the words have no shadows????

  17. Greer says:

    Pretty sure the first two are photoshopped. The shadows and lighting do not seem quite right.

  18. GLP says:

    I was aware of the term and meaning of the word bonsai. I worked in the garden industry for many years. A good type of tree to use for bonsai are juniper trees. There ar emany types of junipers, but all of them work well. The juniper is the best for bonsai because it grows a very woody bark on even young thin branches and trunks. Also, the needle like leaves grow thick and are only a few milimeters or less in length. This gives it a minature tree appearance when kept small, and you can grow multiple branches and trim them to look identical to large trees. It looks amazing when you trim a minature juniper so that it has 4 or 5 branches each with its own ball (pom pom) of leaves toward the tip of the branch. It gives a spectacular appearance.

    The junipers are the best for the art of bonsai.

    One last word of advice. Im not sure where you bought this, but if you bought it from some stand set up in a mall, or some street stand somewhere, you probably got scammed. These people basically take cuttings, slap them in a little feature like a pot with rocks, water, minature human figure, and then sell them because they look cool. These people dont properly aclimate the freshly cut tree to its new habitat and therefore it will die on you in a very short time. You will be stuck wondering why you suck at this and killed the plant so fast. Its not your fault. It was just never going to live thanks to improper acclimation to its new home.

    What you need to do is find a local greenhouse/grower that specializes or at least somewhat specializes in minatures. These people will either know of somewhere to buy a high quality tree, or they will carry high quality minatures. These people usually cut the trees themself, root and acclimate them into a new setting or pot, and care for them properly. You can trust that the trees they carry have been cared for and acclimated properly so that when you take it home it will have enough roots and health to live under your care. It might lose some leaves due to change in location, but it shouldnt die.

    I say again, if you bought it from a random stand, you got scammed and it will die.

    • Vurdlak says:

      I bought it at greenhouse, and i believe it’s type you mentioned (juniper)? It has many small leafs, and they develop rapidly (new ones appear). I already trimmed the branches twice, and the tree luckily looks healthy to me.

      thx for your input and info, btw!

    • FathomSavvy says:

      @GLP It doesn’t matter whether or not Eerdekens knows how to care for a tree. It only matters how he can manipulate/cut its’ leaves to show us what we are missing by not looking at it’s entirety. It’s kinda cool realizing that the uniqueness of the tree is not of our world, but of the shadow world. In a couple of months, as time moves on, the leaves will grow to spell nothing at all, or as you depicted, will die because he got scammed. Beauty is fleeting, until it comes around again :)

    • FathomSavvy says:

      @GLP @Vurdlak Sorry Vurdlak, I attributed your work to Eerdekens. I also apologize to @GLP, I didn’t read the article until I looked at the pictures; Vurdlak did ask about bonsai trees…my bad. I care for a bonsai tree in my office. It’s 10 years old and only the size of my hand. Very easy to keep alive – difficult to shape.

  19. sravs says:

    aho the last one is truely great however too hard to try

  20. Streanj says:

    There’s only one reason to post this, as I never post anything. BUT. there is a game for the WII system called rubics world, and in it there are games where you build pictures with blocks, to be seen from 3 different angles. for those who like this stuff, it shows you how to build your own

  21. FathomSavvy says:

    I like the first two. The last one is lame, for the same reason the first two are cool. In the center, you are viewing a 3 dimensional object. The shadows on the left and right show a 2 dimensional projection of the 3rd dimension at a moment in time. If you were to circle around the 3D object with a flashlight, the shadows you are seeing are only a perspective of the entire 3D object. If you could only see shadows (i.e. if you could only see in 2 dimensions), then the only way you would be able to know what the 3D tree/object looks like in 3D would be to circumnavigate it up, down, left, right, diagonally left, diagonally right, and so on. The wooden object obviously depicts this. It changes shape as you circle around it. What’s cool about it, is that you can do the same thing to imagine the 4th dimension. Since we can only see in 3D, we have to “circumnavigate” a 4D object in order to know what it looks like by seeing it in all directions. We can never see it as it exists in 4D. The last one is lame, because it is obvious (the light is on a plane). The tree view opened up my mind, so I like it.

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