Category Archives: Clever Stuff

Vanishing Church …Now You See it…Now You Don’t!

“Reading between the Lines” is an installation created by architectural duo Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenberghare. Located in Limburg, Belgium, the structure  resembles a rustic old church covered with clapboard or ship lap siding. When seen from the right high vantage point, the building appears to be a solid structure. But the walls and…

Anamorphic Art – Honda Rides the Trend!

Auto maker gets on board with brain-tickling optical illusion fun! Keep your eyes on the shadows.

Animals Turned Upside-Down Morph into Different Species

No. This isn’t a variation of cow tipping.  It’s the clever optical illusion art of Jérôme Gonfond.  

There are People Hidden in Your Basement!

And Animals in Your Kitchen Cabinets! Find them! Get them out of there. Get your kids to help! And you’ll discover a fun, cheap, visual training activity this summer. Inspiration is everywhere! French artist Gilbert Legrand  turned everyday household objects like a pump bottle (left), spigots, and shears, and into delightful people and animals – “rat…

OK GO Anamorphic Art. That’s What I’m Talking About!

Great anamorphic art antics and optical illusion fun video: OK GO’s “The Writing’s On the Wall”!

Negative and Positive: Optical Illusions and Anamorphosis

I adore negatives that are also positives – anything that can be seen more than one way. I grin like a fool at two-toned silk fabric, figure/ground logos, mowed baseball fields, vacuumed-patterned rugs, and even double entendres like Flintstones’ slogan “10 Million Strong and Growing!” I can’t resist stroking Ultrasuede up and down, tracing designs…

Bacteria Art – This Could Go Viral!

OK. OK. I hear the groans.  (Giggle)  My brain can’t resist playing with words the way Zachery Copfer plays with bacteria – fancifully, lovingly.  Microbiologist-turned-artist, Copfer has had a long, close, I might even say symbiotic interaction with bacteria.  He got to know them so well he can induce bacteria growth in predicted patterns to…

Hidden in Plain Sight – Rain-Activated Art

WEST SEATTLE — (Brett Cihon’s article paraphrased below.) Peregrine Church, 21, has created art with a different twist. The art appears only when it rains. Church uses a biologically friendly superhydrocoating to paint inspirational phrases on sidewalks. The image is visible only when wet. Church doesn’t think of himself as an artist. Instead, he thinks…

Q: Is STEAM Just a Lot of Hot Air?

What do I think? I think the Arts absolutely deserve a seat at the STEM table. No question! The Arts utilize the same critical thinking skills essential for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The difference between STEM and STEAM lies chiefly in the form taken by lessons and products. Unfortunately, many artists/art educators aren’t trained…

Optical Illusions for Ray-Ban by Brusspup – Awesome!

The first video below – Brusspup’s Rubik’s Cube – went viral this year. I know because customers from all over the world who loved and bought Morph-O-Scopes from me at the Ventures Store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market were excited to share the video as “this other totally cool anamorphic thing on YouTube!”  We gushed…