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By on May 11, 2012, with 34 Comments

As a Moillusions reader, you’ve undoubtedly already seen your share of Penrose Triangles both here and elsewhere. Even so, the concept remains fascinating, particularly when turned into real-life objects, because the design itself is, in actuality, impossible.

That’s why this Steelwork Illusion created by Deskarati is simply so fascinating -the illusion is so subtle and the photo looks so real that your mind wants to accept that it is an unaltered photograph. That is, until your brain starts to follow the lines of the steel framework and you begin realizing more and more just how impossible this building design really is.

  • owen

    it is pretty cool but I’ve seen it a lot.
    First comment? if so YYAAAYYY!!!!

  • sasostojki

    Wow man, this is really great!!!
    Impossible optical illusion!!!
    Thank you :-)

  • sasostojki

    Is this photo for real, or it’s altered in some way?
    I would really like this one to be genuine,and the illusion to appear only because of the special point of view?
    But I’m wrong, am I?

  • eee efff geee

    Cool, I love impossible objects!

  • russell

    the pick was probably tooken from that angel and a guy saw that it could be a illusion if he photo shopped a guy on there to cover up the one part the runes the illusion

  • xD

    ‘snot impossble…lol…

  • xD

    oh nvm… TeeHee!! ^^

  • John

    In my mind the building is more possible than those ironworkers hanging out on the beams. How those guys did that back in the day is beyond my comprehension!

  • Peter

    That’s hard to accept!

    Here is a link I found to the photo prior to the manipulation. http://www.flickr.com/photos/avi_abrams/456061927/sizes/o/

    • Rick

      All they did was flip the Negative around! The picture is entirely “possible”, all the girders meet each other in-line! The author of this posting cannot see straight! LOL!

  • Jigille

    Good one! Love This Site!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterfeenstra/ Peter

    Haha, if you look closely you can see which part of the vertical steel bar the maker of this illusion has cloned. Look at the grey stripes on the dark background. They repeat themselves.

  • Saidin

    Love old photographs. Old photograph + illusion = nerdgasm! Thanks for the post.

  • hi

    i cant see it

  • z2d4th

    Yes your right the steel joint is impossible to create.

  • Care Bear

    Hey, that’s the new office they’re building up the street!

  • k.king

    Tip : lock at the cheerful bastard !

  • k.king

    Tip : lock at the cheerful b@stard

  • Prudence

    lol this is awsome

  • Harveen

    That’s cool, took me a while to realise what he was going on about!

  • Jojose

    Omg, where are those people and do they know they are sitting next to oblivion (or at least the brink of insanity)?!

  • Amy

    this must be an amazing illusion cuz i still cant find wats impossible about the metal framework… call me stupid but i dont see anything that doesnt have a physical explanation in my brain! :p i must be blind

  • Sakura

    It’s a bit hard to see but very nicely done.

  • Jen

    I’m not sure, but I think that the cover of Coldplay’s album ‘Left Right Left Right Left’ holds an illusion. Just thought you guys might wanna know.

    • Natalie

      Is it a butterfly or two faces talking?

  • Doofus Donkiy

    Where’s the impossibility?

  • jennay

    um is there something wrong with my eyes cuz half of your illusions just look like photos, like wheres the illusion in this feature? i just see dudes sitting on beams.

  • Sero

    Subtle, I like it.

  • Sergio

    For those who are going nuts over it: the beam where the men are sitting and the two that start from either end of it are on the same level, but the beam on which one man is lying intersects the pillar at a lower level than the one it starts from. Is it clear?

  • Rick

    All the girders line up! The person who posted this cannot follow straight lines!

  • varj

    whats the ellosion please reply

    • Natalie

      Find the triangle (created by three beams) in the photo. There is something strange about how the three sides of this triangle fit together.

  • http://plmethvin.deviantart.com/ plmethvin

    Um, this isn’t an illusion. It just so happens that the photo was taken close enough that it takes off the “impossible corner” of the girders that you want to think connects the bars in an awkward way. Other than that, it’s possible.

  • Gabriel

    The way to hide the flaw is not to make it blend with many flawless repetitions very similar to the flawed one. That is, clutter the picture in a way that you have to pinpoint the flaw by inspecting the items one-by-one. The flawed “Triangle” inspired by Escher’s work is well concealed (just like a chameleon) with many repeating metallic bars from the ground up.

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