Miniature Switzerland Optical Illusion


Concerning the site, I’m proud to announce that we hit Digg’s front page yesterday with spinning silhouette illusion. This triggered over 200,000 visitors in one day, and resulted in many new automatic link trades in our toplist. So big thanks goes to whoever submitted the article to social bookmarking sites like I explained yesterday! Hope you do it again once in the future :)

About the illusion… Here’s what I want you to do: open this article, see all of the photos inside, comment as you would that “this isn’t optical illusion“, just some plain houses and locations, and you’ll be wrong once again! What you see below are models and miniatures of locations in Switzerland photographed by Stefan & Susanne Walter to appear as if they were real locations. If you are a long time visitor, you will notice this illusion is complete opposite of Olivio Barbieri’s Toy World. While Olivio photographed real locations to look as if they were miniatures, Stefan and Susanne did quite opposite – they photographed miniatures to appear as real stuff!

This is what Stefan or Susanne wrote: “I am having fun visiting your site. I just visited your site with the pictures of Toy World by Olivio Barbieri and Miklos Gaál. Here I am sending you also pictures of small model buildings. I tried to take the picture from such an angle that they look real. By the way these buildings are of Switzerland.”

  • Leo

    Thats pretty cool, but is it really that hard to do? You just have to angle the camera right.

  • Anonymous

    wow….these are way cool! especially the one with the flowers….they look real!

  • Anonymous

    WOAH!!!!!!!! That’s AMAZING!!! Not just amazing, but AMAZING!!!!!!

  • **cara**

    That is sooo cool. You are completely fooled until you see the toy people!

  • jcolby

    Why is the Roman Numeral IV (4) displayed with four “I’s” (IIII) instead of “IV”? On both of the pictures with clocks it is like that.

  • Ely

    Wow! That looks so real! I was fooled until I read it!

  • Ana Paula

    jcolby said…

    Why is the Roman Numeral IV (4) displayed with four “I’s” (IIII) instead of “IV”? On both of the pictures with clocks it is like that.

    Its a NON-ROMAN Clock. I think I read about this in the book, Hannibal Rising :)

  • Chris

    wow, it really looked real, until the model cars/ppl were in it. and the pic with the clock tower, the kerbs were doing a bit of criss angel! (defying gravity) :)

  • Phil Rogers

    Many clocks with Roman numerals use IIII instead of IV for the 4.
    The reason is aesthetics.
    The 4 is opposite the 8, which is VIII. VIII gives a better symmetry with IIII than it does with IV.

    As for the models, they are fantastic. Incredible detail.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah the clock is because of symmetrical balance with VIII. Every Roman numeral clock is like that.

    I think that place is one of the coolest places in the world. It’s so awesome – I was totally fooled until I saw the minature people lol…

  • Rach

    Wow! I just realise that I’ve been there when I was like, 6.

  • These are really cool i like # 3&4

  • camille(the optical illusion lover)

    i dont get it

  • Josh F

    Very nice, I’ve always liked miniatures… Too bad the people and the car give it away so quickly, though. They’re definitely not as high quality as their surroundings!

  • ohmygosh

    wow that is so cool. Though the people looks sooooo plastic!

  • Annishia

    bad illusion… really good miniatures!!! you ppl have like a talent!!!

  • imjustme

    i knew they were fake once i saw the people and the vechicles

  • oskays

    at first i thought it was real and then i saw the picture of the two trains and to me it didnt look real so i looked at all of them and notised that the people were clay

  • mac
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