Fake Tree Vortex Optical Illusion


While we’re still discussing dimensions, there’s an interesting artwork discovered by Chelle and Pedro Rato (thanks for notifying me guys)! Would you believe me if I told you, that this custom-made backyard deck is actually flat as it can be? That’s right, the shown garden deck was specially designed for one of the Apple’s execs, art collector Jeff Dauber. It was built for him by Berkeley-based architect Thom Faulders. Btw, it doesn’t stop there – Faulders designed the exec’s whole house. I haven’t seen it, but I bet it looks awesome! More pictures after the break…

As hard as it may seem to believe, this garden is actually flat!
As hard as it may seem to believe, this garden is actually flat!

Jeff Dauber’s backyard deck will not (despite initial impression) suck you into some wormhole, and then throw you back in time. Thom Flauders, designed the piece to create an optical illusion of curves where there are only flat surfaces. Here are some quotes from Dauber:

I wanted someone to barf when they look at it. The deck looks like it is sloping away from you.” – Jeff

Garden Vortexes Optical Illusion

  • Watevs

    That is so cool! I wish my garden was like that!

  • anonymous

    whoa, thats neat… one of the best optical illusions yet!

  • FinlandFTW

    first! :o pretty nice

  • Nemanja Curcic

    Hehe nice trick

  • GreenMint

    Wow. I’d totally want that in my backyard, too. Make people think there’s a black hole in my yard. (Insert snicker here.)

  • sam

    wow cool!

  • Emma

    Pretty cool!

    • happydoodle

      ikr its so awesome!

  • Jan Maan

    that’s sick dude!
    amazing, AWESOME site btw! :P

  • Wise Person

    Nice job I like it

  • Gail


  • Joanna

    Yup, I think I’d throw up in that back yard – I think it looks VERY effective as an illusion. But then I can’t even watch Imax movies or the Dogma-style of films because they make me sick.

  • Heyhey didnt know wad to put as my name…

    Nice one! Like that on my backyard. Unfortunately i dont have one.

  • Janet White

    That’s fantastic! I really like illusions that have been used in architecture.

  • anonymous

    this is making me angry…its an amazing illusion but i hate it! in a good way…

  • Anonymous


  • goots

    i thought i was trippin!
    before i saw the comment below the picture saying it was flat :P



  • ThatsALotOfNuts

    Really nice one.. And this type of illusions are not really hard to make at your house.. All you need is a projector and a good idea :)

  • Detective Kitty

    well i would love a house like that but I doubt I’ll barf..

  • Rob

    I think the illusion would be better if the designed panels were larger…the bricks in the background and the trough on the side kind of kills it. But, still a cool concept.

  • NeeL

    First, I love this photo and I love your site!
    Second, why would you name it Fake? Isn’t it a real photo of his garden? I thought the label ‘fake’ was only for changed photo’s like in Photoshop or something. This seems like a real
    tree vortex illusion to me! Greetings, NeeL

  • ” T “

    How. Is that. Even. Possible.
    OK OK it’s possible.
    But how. Did. He. Think. Of. Something. That. Amazing.

  • Care Bear

    Looks like something that might take me somewhere I’d really rather not go.

  • Samuel Norbury


    I like it!

  • Morgan

    wow i love this. definatly cool

  • Jenni

    Great idea, it really looks like it dips!

  • Futz

    I still wonder though, how it looks in 3D (i.e. if you see in in reality and not on a photo). The effect might be bigger if you watch it like this in a 2D-picture.

  • who cares

    its so fake first time i saw it i was light flat cause it ooks flat and yeas

  • who cares

    its so fake first time i saw it i was light flat cause it ooks flat and yeas and u copyed it from soem other guy

  • ali

    @NeeL: it’s a real tree… but a fake vortex

  • Alisha and Via

    ha ha ha nice. totally real and nice. or cool thats the word… Cool:)

  • PaperMoon

    That is pretty neat! :)

  • wow. totally amazing

  • Bad Angel

    That is SO COOL! I wish my garden was like that!!!

  • thats truly cool

  • Brilliant!

  • Jeff

    Glad you all like it. More details…. It took 4 weeks to get all those boards in place. We had to make tools to keep the lines and gap consistent as well as to place the first row.

    For more craziness from insider the house go to


  • this is sick!
    it cant be flat:O?!

  • eee efff geee


  • bob

    the gardener is really creattive

  • STR e t C H


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