Oleg Zhevelev’s Impossible Nut


There are bunch of copy-cat illusion blogs out there, that literally cut-and-paste our complete texts and photos. I don’t concern myself ’bout them too much, though. If they only understood I would gladly feature their original posts and link them back, bringing them wider audience if only they were smarter! Anywayz, the rare moments I feel like saying touche! is when I see they’ve added something valuable that we haven’t already featured, and there would be nothing morally wrong just stealing it (in the same manner) from them. But unfortunately, I’m not that kind of guy – that being said, I found this illusion featured on Voilusions, and the impossible nut below was created by a Russian artist Oleg Zhevelev.

At first I thought Oleg did a real-life installment of his impossible nut, but I then I realized he created it using some sort of 3D imaging software. Still very realistic, don’t you think? Have you noticed The Instructions from Hell shown in the back? This one appears truly realistic!

  • Z2d4th

    The nut is somewhat twisted in real life

  • Typeaux

    It’s a Mobius nut. Actually possible to make such a thing, but it works best only from two viewing angles (opposite sides). A friend of mine makes large Mobius ceramic sculptures similar to these. Definitely trippy…

    • To Typeaux –

      Really? That sounds interesting. Can you tell me more about your friend’s sculptures and where I could see his or her work?

    • Rene

      to Typeux – I would also like info on your friends sculptures, please!!

  • Annishia

    just noticed?
    no offence

  • Care Bear

    I’ve met lots of nuts in my day but never one quite like this.

  • horse

    It reminds me of that thing that you can do with the paper when you twist it round and if you follow one side its never ending. Anyway I love the illusion. Although i can never get my around these ones.

  • galloots

    you can see where the nut cuts on the right side of it at the middle, the colour changes

  • Gavin

    boring, impossible shape illusions are all the same.

  • SnowBerey

    honestly its really easy to create one of those, it is just when you stare at in it plays with your mind making it look really confusing. that bolt would never work

  • Marcus

    2 other illusions except the nut :)

  • Gregory Padilla

    This is one of my favorites!

    A mobius nut, that locks a three-pronged impossible figure into an impossible frame.

    Creative = )

  • Kimon Frousios

    There is a second illusion, besides the impossible nut :)

  • JoGoFo

    That’s NUTS =\

  • Seanymo

    that nut is nuts

  • Honey

    it’s possible ;bb

  • Dave K

    I drew in drafting class in 1970, the diagram shown behind the sculpture. I forget where I copied it from, maybe even Mad Magazine or something. But those items all have actual names. What is shown in the diagram is:
    A Trichometric Indicator Support
    to be connected to a
    Rectabular Excrusion Bracket
    and secured with
    Ambihelical Hex Nuts.

    So THAT is THE answer to the name of the sculpture.

  • thebrainster

    i’d like to see somebody make the magic fork in real life :D

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  • ferret

    I draw these kind of impossible objects just about every day it’s pretty easy and i know how they made this illsions possible ;)

  • Grace

    Oh yes, the illusion of the instructions…

  • Nathan

    It’s probably Photoshopped!

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