Paradoxymoron Painting

Paradoxymoron Painting Illusion by Patrick HughesBoy, we had some serious trouble with our server yesterday, but more on that after the illusion (like we agreed here). Today’s video gives just a glimpse of Patrick Hughes doozy artwork. You have to see this video to believe it! As the camera pans different angles of the piece, walls seem to fly out, while secret hallways appear. Before the trick behind this painting is reveled, your eyes will perceive the depth, yet your brain will refuse to believe it.

This artwork is called Paradoxymoron, and is currently being shown in the basement of the British Library in London. After you’re done with it, I recommend seeing Dick Termes’ Termespheres. Both have a pretty similar effect. Even though I posted only a fraction of Patrick Hughes opus, you can find dozen more videos on da internetz.

Concerning the previously mentioned problem, it has something to with our server load. This is why some of you may have noticed our website behaving strangely over the mentioned period. I have experimented with caching to prevent it, but nothing worked. In the end I located the queries responsible – it was the “Top 10 Optical Illusions” box in our sidebar. Each time someone loads this site, gazillion calculations in our database are being made to give you current top optical illusions list. I have disabled live update of the list, but will be back shortly!

45 Replies to “Paradoxymoron Painting”

  1. Use youtube or something else, this player is actually terrible, “Playback of this video failed. Please try again a little later on.” ;o…

  2. Excellent! Impossible to see the reality when looking at it dead-on. And the player works fine for me, haven’t had any problems with it.

  3. Now that one is totally out of this world. Kind of reminds me of a library I was in once. It’s also probably why I’m a writer. Life is too weird to leave some things unsaid.

  4. Nice! It’d be gold if someone who’d only seen it from the front walked right up to get a closer look and walked straight into it.

  5. This is great, I had the chance to see a couple of Patrick Hughes painting in the Gallary of Modern Art in Glasgow about 10 years ago. It was very funny to see people walking from left to right and back just in front of the pictures.

  6. Dag nabbitt. I canna get this typin’ thin’ down. So sorry for my earlier mistkes. I heard ’bout paradoxymoron paintin’& drawin’ from me Dad back in the early ’90s. I ‘ave tried me hand at it & L’ii br yhe firs

  7. ive left this in my google widget for longer than usual bc i thought it was nothing special…

    i was fooled…this is a great illusion!

  8. Guess I better switch to Youtube cuz nothing’s happening except every minute or two the upper left corner of the painting jerks upwards a bit.

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