Category Archives: Clever Stuff

Gifts from Brusspup, Our Favorite Optical Illusion Guy

It’s an old visual trick: precisely parallel lines on a transparent sheet slid over specially striated images create the illusion of motion. But Brusspup always delivers fresh fun. In this new video he makes a ring transform to revolving balls and change color! Ovals become rotating cogs. A cylinder turns into a swiveling cube. He’s…

DIY Christmas Trees

Culled from one of my favorite blogs – Design Swan – posted 11 Dec 2014 “Christmas is not only a wonderful time to celebrate love and joy with your family and friends, but also a great time to let your creativity flourish. There are plenty of brilliant Christmas tree ideas out there, from plastic spoon…

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…