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By on November 25, 2011, with 15 Comments  

When is an open box more than just a piece of cardboard? When it’s part of Krystina Naylor’s fantastic Open Box art installation featured at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Yes, at first glance, these may look like a boring old cardboard boxes that you might use to move your home possessions in, but they are actually completely functionless sculptures designed purely to manipulate the way you observe objects around you.

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By on November 24, 2011, with 19 Comments  

These days Hollywood has a bad reputation for being filled with some of the most unpatriotic people in America, but back in World War II, things were a lot different. In fact, between their celebrity-filled war bond rallies and moral-boosting films, Hollywood played a huge role in driving support for the war effort.

But while those efforts were pretty well known, the studios also played a much more covert role in keeping America safe -by disguising some of the nation’s largest aircraft plants to look like residential neighborhoods. The images featured here are all from The Lockheed-Vega aircraft plant in Burbank (seen at left before the camouflage was applied and below afterwards), although these techniques were used on multiple military locations.

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By on November 23, 2011, with 18 Comments  

Seems we have caught Liu off-guard in those rare moments he wasn’t paying too much attention. In this shocking, revealing photos you will see Liu Bolin as an ordinary man he really is – for example: smiling as he prepares to demonstrate another camouflage art installation, where he’s gonna blend in with all sorts of vegetables displayed on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing. More important, it seems we have finally revealed his “so called” disappearing act, as well as learned how Liu actually looks like in person when he is not hiding from us. Check the below exclusive evidence of assistants assisting Liu in his witchcraft! Still, there is some good left in Liu – did you know he has started his optical illusion artworks of becoming ‘invisible’ more than six years ago, while describing them as a form of political protest and his way of ‘hiding from the authorities‘?

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By on November 22, 2011, with 58 Comments  

Getting the answer to the question presented before you is a lot harder than you may originally perceive. Still, if I helped you out with some additional fun-facts, you might actually have a chance at cracking this. So, what we you should know is that the author behind this installation is Markus Raetez, person responsible for YES/NO ambiguous sculpture we featured recently. Markus has a great talent for ambiguous art, and also loves making a reference to every-day items in his creations. Playing around with Moillusions way of tagging and lurking file-names is a big no-no. It might help, but this would mean taking a shortcut, and we all know you can do better than that. If none of this helped, you might as well expand and reveal the solution anyway – like I care. But it would be interesting to learn if some of you actually came to conclusion on their own! (PS checking above hyperlinks might provide additional hint or two ;)

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By on November 21, 2011, with 22 Comments  

Laura Jani discovered what seems to be an art installation done by Spanish artist Ivan Puig titled “Hasta la Narices”. If you google for a translation you’ll soon discover it means something similar to “Fed-up”. What is obvious from these shots below, the installation features a “sinking” VW sedan – which in reality is all but that. Update: Laura has also provided this spoof on Puig’s installation, a version that features her own sinking banana. Interesting approach to art, I must say…

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By on November 20, 2011, with 95 Comments  

I receive over a dozen illusion submissions each day, and sometimes these submissions include somewhat “edgy” content. The problem is, they often work really well – sometimes even too well to be precise! Then it comes to me to decide how should I handle this situation most precociously.

Even though I may endorse such optical illusions that ONLY imply NSFW content (while in reality being perfectly safe), I still wouldn’t want them showing inside your desktop widgets and gadgets, potentially bringing you in awkward situation of some sort. Thus, I have decided to place this simple, non-related socket illusion (above) to have something to fill your gadget with. Before you start complaining how these might lack taste, I can assure you the illusions they hold work really great! Hope you like what you’re about to see inside this article! Looking forward reading your comments.

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By on November 19, 2011, with 48 Comments  

What do Soviet spies, meditating Yogis, random “cool dude” and Johan Lorbeer have in common? Well, it appears each one of them has mastered the skill of levitation! Today another young lady has joined their league. It appears her speech required so much attention and concentration she didn’t even notice when she got her carpet rise off of ground. Simply amazing!

By on November 16, 2011, with 20 Comments  

As it has been confirmed over and over again, sometimes there is much more to the eye than you can initially perceive. This specially goes for the items that have been featured on Mighty Optical Illusions website. Today’s featured artist comes from Ukraine, and is widely recognized because of his illusory oil paintings. His name is Oleg Shuplyak. The gallery you’re about to see hides a surreal world once you take a look at it more closely. Through carefully placed objects, characters, coloring and shadows, there is a second image in the painting which creates an optical illusion.

I’m not sure whether this artist was more influenced by Sandro Del Prete’s opus or works done by famous Octavio Ocampo, but those of you following this website for some time will immediately notice the resemblance! Just like Sandro, Oleg’s works usually feature a portrait of famous personalities. Go through the gallery below and see how many of them can you recognize. Van Gogh, Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali are just few among dozens.

With works like these, it’s sometimes hard for the author to balance the weight of both images. Personally, I’m more fond of illusions where the “constructed”, 2nd image is more subtile. Oleg on the other hand, does quite opposite – The second image is so easily observable in some paintings, that you can actually miss the first one consisting of harmless landscape or characters in different settings. What you have to do then, is observe the painting more closely to actually see the initial setting and not concentrate on the faces. True skill of such artist is then evaluated by the fact how well did he construct the illusion, and whether the parts of landscapes constructing the illusion have useful part in the original setting. Artists often trap themselves by forcefully adding elements needed to construct the illusion, which don’t actually play their part well in the original setting. In my opinion, Oleg has mastered the technique just like Sandro did, and each part in his paintings seamlessly works in both images, the first “apparent” one, as well as the “hidden” illusory one. So, how many faces did you recognize? Which of his paintings did you like the most?

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