Introductions & Public Art Illusions

Hello fellow illusion enthusiasts. First off, as a new writer to this great website, I’d like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Jill Harness and if you’re an active blogosphere reader, you may have read some of my articles on sites like Oddee, Neatorama and Mental Floss. I also have my own site, Rue The Day, and while it’s nothing too special (most of my time is taken up writing for other sites), you might enjoy some of the content here and there.

As for my interest in illusions, well, I’d say that stems from my fascination with art. After all, to some extent all visual art is an illusion being as how it is really just a pictorial representation of something else. Art revolves around one’s perception of the world around them and illusions are nothing more than selective use and distortion of perception.

That being said, I am a particularly big fan of mural art and when public works of art become illusions, the effect is simply fascinating. These particular examples come from the Bayview subway station in Toronto. They were created by Panya Clark Espinal. The most impressive aspect is their anamophic properties that ensure they can only be accurately perceived from specific angles.

That’s probably enough of an introduction for now, I’m sure we’ll get to know each other better as my time on the site goes on. I am greatly looking forward to sharing more great illusions with you and if you have any you’d like to share with me, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

Also, a special thanks to Andrew Willman for the photos of the stair and ladder illusions.

12 Replies to “Introductions & Public Art Illusions”

    1. Yes, we have.
      I guess it was a while ago… or she just picked her favorite illusion.

      Still, looking forward to your submissions Jill!

      Just goes to show how long we’ve been following this website…

  1. Welcome to Mighty Optical Illusions Jill; I’m sure you’ll have a great time here! Also very nice pictures they’re very well done.

  2. Welcome Jill! I’ve been a daily visitor of this site for a while and I want to give you a big Taylor welcome. So Here’s a computer hug! [img][/img]

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