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By on July 9, 2011, with 20 Comments

Designer Marc Böttler used stacked wooden blocks and combined them with tricky camera angles to turn children’s playthings into a cool set of optical illusions. He calls it his Klotz Type Experiment. Because they only form letters when viewed from certain direction, it might be one of the first official anamorphic alphabets that could be used on a computer. I think it would be really cool if he were able to turn these into an official optical illusion font, even if the full 3D anamorphic effect can be seen in person only.

I’ve never been very good at wooden block architecture, so I never really made anything all that impressive with the toys when I was younger. They do seem like a good, albeit underutilized, medium for art projects. Have any of you ever made cool stuff with wooden blocks?

Optical Illusion Alphabet
Optical Illusion Alphabet


20 Responses
  1. Mandy Brigwell says:

    That is amazing! Some of the letters are a bit weird, but I can cope with that since the rest of it is absolutely fantastic!

  2. Slammer says:

    Can you post pictures of each letter individually? I’d like to really check them out but the quality isn’t really good enough.

    Looks like he had fun making them though!

  3. Mike says:

    After seeing a lot of other optical illusions that you’ve posted, and knowing some of the tricks used to create these types of illusions, this one is way to easy. If these were created using mono-tone cubes instead of flat rectangular wood blocks, it might be harder to distinguish between the vertical and horizontal parts. And the shadows don’t help the illusion.

  4. me123987645 says:

    I do not think I have made any cool things from wooden blocks because I am pretty sure I never owned any blocks.

  5. fossda says:

    its obvious how the A is done

    • KAI SHO BRAND says:

      And the X. In fact, everything’s obvious. that’s all I have to say about that.

  6. million dollars adsense says:

    I guess these stacked wooden block optical illusions are good, but I am not that overly impressed, it’s clever yes, but I’m sure I could do it myself

  7. KLB says:

    FIRST! cool

  8. Lissa says:

    i get it!!!! for oncee…

  9. Yo Girl 123 says:

    they probably just stood one peice of wood up and in line with the other wood to make it look like it does.

  10. ZL123 says:

    WOW. That is cool, actually.

  11. No one says:

    That is impressive :)

  12. Dani says:

    It’s pretty obvious when you look at them to see how it was built but as a whole the entire block alphabet is pretty impressive.

  13. tonks says:

    kool i could never make anything like that some parts of the letters are laying down and others are standing up amazing

  14. Care Bear says:

    Now lets see the cyrillic alphabet–or maybe Greek.

  15. Georgia says:

    Soo cool, there like standing up but they all work in together. NICE!!! keep it UP, get it cos half the blocks of wood r up!! LOLOLOL~!!!

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  17. eee efff geee says:

    i like the T one

  18. seb12 says:

    letter b is sort of obvious

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