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By on March 13, 2007, with 35 Comments

You ask “how is this computer-generated car outline an optical illusion”? Well, to your surprise, it isn’t computer generated – it’s real life sculpture, created by British artist Benedict Radcliffe. I got these 3 photos from a reader called Zafar Iqbal, who “just had to submit this”. Zafar also added that the sculpture “looks amazing and so non-real“. I agree. It’s like those 3D street lines, everyone thought were also created by a computer. I think these are magnificent (two more photos inside the post). I like “installation” optical illusions very much, and try to post them as often I can. Many of those are really original, but some are also very abstract. Be sure to check other installation optical illusion in my archives. Enjoy!




  • Nina

    how is that an optical illusion? i see it as a piece of art

  • Anonymous

    Yes first one, anyway, this is such a cool illusion, so creative! :)

  • human

    how is this an optical illusions

  • Anonymous

    luv the subaro!

    can i have it?

    can u give it 2 me for my birthday?

    ^lol, me looking at car

    ;-)

  • Javi

    Most people would believe that this is computer generated, but he states that it’s not.read carefully people.

  • Pax Arcadia

    If you don’t get it, the 3-D scuplture looks like a 2-D computer generated image.

  • Huge Fan

    Who is this person? I would LOVE to have him make some other cars.
    The scooby is amazing~!!!

  • Vandigo

    Oh wow . . . Dude, they even put the text on the tires!!! Talk about spare time!

  • Anonymous

    It’s illegally parked on the yellow line in two of those photos!

  • Brian

    Neat, I like it, but it’s not an illusion, it is what it is.

  • Wil

    i wonder if there are any pics with the car under a black light in the dar

    why a suburu? why not a car with nice lines?

  • Jessica

    That’s not really an illusion..more like a sweet peice of art. i really like it though, it’s awesome.

  • Anonymous

    If it really is sculpture and not computer generated, why aren’t any people around in any of the pics? It isn’t believable without somebody touching it!

  • Anonymous

    il•lu•sion
    –noun 1. something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.

    This appears to be a wire frame image, but it’s not. That makes it an illusion. All illusions could be considered a work of art…

    Poster number 2, you were not first. How embarrassing.

  • Mike
  • Schaianne

    Too cool!! I really thought it was a computer generated pic at first!! Wow, I’d never have the patience for that level of detail!!

  • Super Weego Camo Artist .4

    it looks like the ghost cars founf by googleearth

    Check Mode!

  • Anonymous

    so cool

  • Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!!

    wow its amazing! id love to be able to do stuff like that!!!! but i agree with some of u others – y is this an illusion – i just c it as wonderful art.

  • Anonymous

    It’s made of wire. Got that from… hmm.. let’s see…. EVERYWHERE!

  • Anonymous

    i think its fotshopped becuase u cant see a shadow

  • Anonymous

    The first one’s a photoshop job – no shadows, and the only other way’s a drawing on the ground (but a car would interrupt the drawing).

    The second and third, though, are either wireframes or chalk drawings distorted for a perfect perspective.

  • Anonymous

    does he have to pay for over time parking?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think this is real. If it’s a real sculpture, where is its shadow? Unless you’re gonna tell me that it’s made of transparent material. O.o

  • Anonymous

    someone said it was illegally parked on a yellow line…
    U NINNY!!! ITS DOUBLE YELLOW LINES THAT ARE ILLEGAL!!!

  • Anonymous

    if you look at the last picture closely you will see faint shadows on the right of the car around the wheels and a small line going from wheel to wheel. very faint but it is there.

  • Anonymous

    You can see shadows on all the images if you blow up the pics.

  • Anonymous

    are all these pics of the same sculpture? that is, does it still look like a car from all angles? if so, that’s awesome.

    even if its not, still a pretty cool sculpture.

  • Butler

    i’m with Nina.

  • Anonymous

    hello i am a chav and you all are poo

  • Anonymous

    so where’s the illusion?

  • bittramp

    Oh wow, all of the pictures look 2d. Because they are on my 2d computer monitor? WTF is this? A sculpture that looks like a wire frame view on a computer? Throw away the pipe cleaners and leave wire frames on the computer.

  • Rich Pro

    i See the back left wheel flip flopping.

  • chance

    i want one

  • Grace

    WTF that is just ****ing crazy

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