Face in a Crowd Optical Illusion

One of our fans pointed me to this art instalment featuring face made from bunch of people. When I used reverse image search on Google and Tiny Eye (to get more info on this interesting poster), nothing showed up. So there you have it – an anonymous, beautiful, crowd-formedĀ face illusion. If someone feels confident taking a detective role for a moment, feel free to do your own investigation and please share your findings with rest of us! I would be more than grateful.

44 Replies to “Face in a Crowd Optical Illusion”

    1. I Have to agree it looks like it may be PS. Repetition of some characters and also the shadows look un-natural.

  1. here’s a pic[img]http://www.thecoolist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/portraits-using-people-by-alan-craig-4.jpg[/img][img]http://www.thecoolist.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/portraits-using-people-by-alan-craig-2.jpg[/img]

  2. I don’t really see this as being an illusion… The image is obviously a face. The eye and brain are not being given any information that isn’t already being shown. It’s an interesting piece of art but not an illusion as far as I’m concerned.

    1. @Marcus: Agree completely! Its nice art. There is no ‘illusion’ happening! Otherwise every non-photographic illustration would have to be called an illusion because it does not resemble reality and your head is tricked into seeing objects…

  3. The Face in a Crowd Illusion was I’m pretty sure an Advert Video. BA did ad on a beach with hundreds of extras some years ago and many others have copied the idea since.

  4. Bottom right-ish – the 2 “child” figures and adult to the left have different shadows than anyone else. Also, many of the “people” are in motion – surely not what you’d want in a studied figure…..?

  5. [img]http://l.yimg.com/os/251/2012/05/16/marilyn-famousfaces-jpg_105848.jpg[/img]

    The face of screen siren Marilyn Monroe made up of tiny painted figures painted by Craig Alan. Photo credit: Rex

  6. It is obviously photoshopped as there are a large portion of the figures in motion and the picture would be impossible to get with everyone in the right spot seeing they are moving to or away from the right spots…. saying that I still like it

  7. I thought maybe it was a drawing of people with their shadows drawn in.

    If you look at the photo with the red lips, the people are casting red shadows.

    This makes me think that it is not an aerial photograph, as one website reports.

    Here is another sample of the artist’s work which looks even more like it is a drawing.


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