This Is Not What It Looks Like
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We know this looks like a beautiful 3-D projection.
But it's not!
It's just a large scale optical illusion.
These works of art are created by Felice Varini.
Varini plays with perspective to make it seem like objects are floating in air.
When in reality...
They are just graphics painted on walls.
This technique is called anamorphosis.
Basically it is a distorted image
That requires the viewer to stand at a certain angle to understand what exactly they are looking at.
The actual definition of anamorphosis might sound confusing.
But Varini's works are some of the best and most large-scale examples of it.
Beautiful polygonal masterpiece?
Nope. Just stripes on a wall.
Intricately carved circles in front of a staircase?
Once again, just a clever use of paint and perspective.
What looks like an orange checkerboard hovering in midair...
Is simply an artist's use of shape and form to create illusions
A beautiful spiral sculpture...
Made simply out of brushstrokes on a wall.
Another perfect circular design...
Proves to be another manipulation.
And what looks to be a circular glass artwork?
Is actually a collection of pieces of a circle, placed at angles to fool the eye.
You can't believe that the work isn't a 3D projection....
Until it is actually distorted for you.
Leonardo de Vinci was actually one of the first people to use anamorphosis.
He used it in his painting "Leonardo's Eye" and the results were groundbreaking.
Other artists have used it as well.
It is, however, in the contemporary world that this artistic movement is truly gaining momentum
Which doesn't strike us as surprising.
Because with artists as talented as Varini, no wonder the optical illusion art is becoming more and more popular