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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.

The Impossible Building


34 Responses
  1. owen says:

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

  2. sasostojki says:

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

  3. sasostojki says:

    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?

  4. eee efff geee says:

    Cool, I love impossible objects!

  5. russell says:

    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

  6. xD says:

    ‘snot impossble…lol…

  7. xD says:

    oh nvm… TeeHee!! ^^

  8. John says:

    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!

  9. Peter says:

    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 says:

      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!

  10. Jigille says:

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

  11. Peter says:

    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.

  12. Saidin says:

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

  13. hi says:

    i cant see it

  14. z2d4th says:

    Yes your right the steel joint is impossible to create.

  15. Care Bear says:

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

  16. k.king says:

    Tip : lock at the cheerful bastard !

  17. k.king says:

    Tip : lock at the cheerful b@stard

  18. Prudence says:

    lol this is awsome

  19. Harveen says:

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

  20. Jojose says:

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

  21. Amy says:

    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

  22. Sakura says:

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

  23. Jen says:

    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.

  24. Doofus Donkiy says:

    Where’s the impossibility?

  25. jennay says:

    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.

  26. Sero says:

    Subtle, I like it.

  27. Sergio says:

    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?

  28. Rick says:

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

  29. varj says:

    whats the ellosion please reply

    • Natalie says:

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

  30. plmethvin says:

    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.

  31. Gabriel says:

    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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