Meteor Crater Optical Illusion


Here’s an illusion I received from Alexis Monnerot, which was just finished on the morning 21st of September. Located in front of the Montparnasse railway station in Paris, France this hyper-realistic 3D chalk drawing greatly reminds one of Julian Beever and his epic installments. I’m not exactly sure about the author behind this installment, but I’m sure Alexis will enlighten us in her comments!

And as we mentioned comments, remember how I recently improved the discussion section with the ability for you to add pictures inside them? Well, as of recently it seems you have started using this option much more frequently. It provides me with great joy to see how people began contributing more intensely. For example, it seems there is a new trend among you – outlining solutions and posting related illusions directly inside your comments! This was my intention in the first place when I originally imagined this website! If at some point in the past you have asked yourself how come I rarely post solutions to the illusions – I secretly hoped in time our community will evolve and start contributing by itself. Seems we are on a right trail of reaching this right now. My next idea would be to add some kind of voting system to your comments, so that the best voted comments would jump up first. In time, I imagine it would come to that, that a particular comment holding the solution (image attachment or related illusion pic) would rank best. What do you think of this idea? (Just me brainstorming out loud…)

  • I love these kinds of pictures. The art work is just awesome.

  • Heather

    WOW!!!! WOW!!!WOW!!WOW! I have got to give this a try,Looking for something new and fresh ,found it!!!!

  • Anadi

    Really good idea.

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  • Solly DeLenitias

    I got it.s its a flat picture drawn. you can tell because if you look on the outer part, where the pattern is criss cross, then look on the inner pattern of it. See the criss cross?

  • eee efff geee

    wow I love these illusions post more like it

  • holy crack cakes. how did they do that??

  • bachaddict

    I think comments should still be shown chronologically, but with the option “sort by rating”

  • Pam

    That is cool :D

  • PromiseMe

    *pokes screen* whoa. O.o

  • John

    This is very clever and I really like it… but a crater that wide would generate a lot of heat – needs more burning and smouldering!

  • DudeMan

    So beautiful. If only we had things like this in my city..

  • Rachel

    I wish that someone would paint something like this in Chicago- I would love to see it in person.

  • catherine K

    Julian Beever realized this in memory of the AZF explosion, an explosion which happened in Toulouse the 09/21/01 and destroyed lot of homes, schools, etc.
    The Montparnasse Station is the place in Paris where trains leaves for Toulouse.

  • Stan

    I’d like the presentation of these kinds of illusions to show the result from two different camera angles. That way, the understanding of how these are actually done would be far more clear.

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  • Kiwibot

    Nice illusion, but it raises a question. Do you need to be in a specific spot to view this or does it still work if you are on the other side of the drawing eg over by the man with the suitcase? Any thoughts?

    • Stan

      Only works from one vantage point. That’s why a shot from a couple of angles would be interesting.

  • Chrissy

    I am not really that pleased with this one… we have seen much better 3D chalk drawings on here… Sorry but this one is just not that great. :(

  • This is Julian Beever as well. Here is a link to it on his site, I’ve been following his work for years now and it’s amazing how well he does this.

  • Alexis Monnerot

    Here is anoter image on the telegraph website
    The author appears to be Julian Beever. This drawing was make to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2001 blast at the AZF petrochemical plant, which caused the death of 31 people and injured thousands of others.

  • I LOVE the Sidewalk Chalk Optical Illusions! They are absolutely amazing!!!

  • Saidin

    Love these chalk drawings. It’s really cool when optical illusions and art meet in public spaces. Wish I could be there to do some people watching as they react to the meteor impact.

    In unrelated news, thank you to the creator of this website for all of their daily efforts. I think the voting system is a great idea. The reason I found this site was so I could better explain to my students how our sense of sight is limited/flawed, and how our brain has to “make-up” a lot of information on its own. And of course, how the brain doesn’t always get it right. But, I’ve found that I’ve continued to visit since that time because of the large diversity of interesting illusions which are constantly added. Thank you.

  • Yimmer

    Should have put a superman baby capsule in the middle. hehehe

  • Nga T A Petero

    Wow this is really cool that looks so real you’d think that it is really a big hole that hit the ground I hope to see more of these cool chalk drawings that will be so cool if you came here and did that in New Zeland and this looks like a really cool trick to play on som eone when they make you mad

  • Devam

    looks so real!

  • David Micallef

    Wow this is truely amazing!! i am certainly gonna WOW my art teacher!! thanks alot!! if only we were certain who the srtist behind this is ..

  • leeann

    awesome image

  • Person

    and upside down it would be an island

  • johnny

    not the best i’ve seen but fantastic anyhow.i can see a lot of work has gone into it.i’m no critic, i can’t draw a straight line or a bent one if i tried. 10/10

  • jatti

    superb pic!!!!!!

  • jacob

    That looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • palkia&dialga

    holy fawk that is cool

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