How It Works
3D street art
Art is often considered very impressive when the paint on the canvas looks like it could be a photograph. This skill in realistic art allows vivid images to be transferred onto a surface in whichever medium the artist excels in. When hanging up in a gallery this art has a photo-like quality, but when incorporated onto the streets the combination of realistic art and the real world’s features have the potential to present optical illusions in the most unexpected locations. This adds interesting images to an otherwise regular street and allows people to engage with the art.
Walking over a warzone
At Meiji University in Tokyo, Amnesty International used this optical illusion to bring the devastation of war in Syria onto the campus. Walking past this scene, which appeared to lie beneath the concrete floor, made students think about what was happening at an alternative location. By initially confusing the brain into seeing a hidden depth that wasn’t really there, it reminded passers-by that although only an illusion to them, to those in Syria this devastation is reality.
Cycling with a crocodile
Once a year in Almere, Netherlands, artists in the city are allowed to take to the streets and express their talent and quirks. This one, from 2015, uses the angle of lines on the floor to make you see a bike standing up by itself as you approach it. No person has been drawn riding the bike, giving those who are amazed by the illusion the opportunity to take to the saddle for a perfect photo.