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By on March 26, 2008, with 26 Comments

Optical Illusions in real life are great, specially if someone makes them interactive or even better – useful. Best example are those masked Cell-phone trees. Today’s post is similar in its nature. Would you believe me if I told you that these awesomely painted blocks below, are in fact electric boxes? You heard me right – those ugly looking piles of metal and concrete. Well, looks like someone had enough of them, and decided to decorate them a little, presenting us with free public exhibition. The first one pictures birds on a balcony fence. For the most part birds look somewhat real, except the last one. The second box is painted in a style of a giant fish tank. The third is of a book shelve with shadows. It looks quite real from a distance. The last one pictures a cute little cat chasing a butterfly through a window.

I’m going to add this illusion to our newly designed “3D Chalk Drawings” category. As I promised I started re-designing all other categories as well. For now, you can check “Afterimages” section, since it has been updated and completed. Enjoy!

Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion
Painted Electric Boxes Illusion


26 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    first comment! ooh yeah!!!
    pretty cool artwork. not illusions

  2. king will says:

    super i love these all ugly things like these should be painted like this there an eyesore sometimes and to do this would make a whole city or town look much nicer without big metal boxes everywhere

  3. Lucie says:

    Wow These Are Cool; Brighten Up The Street.

    Just Wait For The Graffitti ..



  4. gorp900 says:

    Hey that cartoon bird is from Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone”
    i think his name was Archemedies (sp?)
    i love all of these, wish there were some near where i lived! :(

  5. Kathy says:

    How very nice! I love the fish tank!

  6. Ryan says:

    These suck!!!!:(

  7. Anonymous says:

    yeah it’s all good until someone tries opening it not seeing all the painted over danger signs

  8. Ellis says:

    Archemedies it is gorp, great film.

    I think this is pretty cool would like it in my area, though I can see the lawsuits from parents of kids who tried to open the ‘windows’

  9. aframedkidney says:

    Ahh, funky!

    The bookshelf and fishtank ones are great! ^.^

    And whoever said so previously, they’re right … There should be more of these sort of things around, interesting to look at

  10. homiee says:

    proper good!
    this should be done everywhere, it really brightens up something that would otherwise look rubbish

  11. Josh Norman says:

    To Anonymous (post #8):
    That is called natural selection. Anyone who is stupid enough to break through the locks on the boxes, cut a three-inch cut-resistant cable and plunge any part of their body in between the two ends of the cable and doesn’t realise that what they are doing is in fact dangerous, at any point during their adventure, deserves to die (in my point of view anyway).
    Google ‘The Darwin Awards’.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We have these in Halifax NS. and surrounding cities. Suprisingly, they do not get vandalized!

  13. Me says:

    Awesome! I love this kind of illusion!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I worry that the city workers would not be able to find the boxes in order to keep them maintained. They’ll be looking for a big, obvious, grey metal thing, and all they can find is a bookshelf. Those guys aren’t so bright, you know. . .

  15. damianna says:

    Amazzzzzzzzing MINDBLOWING.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Sure is better than the usual graffitti

  17. CareBear says:

    Life is so much nice when there’s something interesting to see.

  18. anon says:

    sad but brilliant.

  19. Theholygourd says:

    Ha, I’m the kind of person who would stare at the fish tank for half an hour then realise it wasn’t real!!!

  20. PaperMoon says:

    Wow those are neat! I am hooked on this site! :)

  21. Lollipop says:

    Lol… Where is this? Just curious…

  22. cindy says:

    KeWl XD :) ;) XP :p ;p >_< ^_^ x_x

  23. amanda says:

    cool, these r my fave types of illusions…


  24. notarealname says:

    cool awsome wow

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