Impossible Objects: Amazing Optical Illusions to Confound & Astound
They're impossible - yet they exist! The images in these drawings could never take shape in real life, but on the page they fool perception, entice the eye, and confuse the brain. How do these optical illusions work, who discovered the phenomenon, and how many different types are there? Take a tour through an amazing gallery of drawings showcasing the most confounding, astounding visual trickery around, accompanied by a fascinating history and description of their construction.
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The Endless Staircase
The Space Fork
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Ambiguous Curb-Stepway Ambiguous Ring Illusion Ambiguous Stepped Pyramid appears Blivital Array bottom Celestial Quadra-Bar connections in perspective Crazy Crate create creation of impossible Cubular Snowflake depth ambiguity depth reversal device Diamond Crossover Double Clevis Double Keys Double Space Frame drawing Dual-End Bi-Post Ellipse Endless Staircase Escalating Cube Escher's experience facing false connections foreground French Curve front geometric glance imagination impos Impossibilia impossible box impossible cube impossible figures impossible objects Impossible Paper Clip Impossible Triangle impossible tribar Incongruous Barbell innovative inspired Integral Cube intriguing Logs and Beams look misplaced Necker Cube Notched Brick number of elements OpposingTimbers optical illusions oscillate Outland Toaster Pavilion of Cubes Penrose Triangle perpetual-motion machine plane principle reality rear vertical Replicating Cube Ridge-Slotted Brick Roger Penrose seems shaft sible objects Space Fork Stubbed Tribar Tri-Quadra Bar Truncated Tribar Twelve-Cube Triangle Twin-Columned Quadra-Tower unique variation vertical element Warped Tribar Truncate Winged Tribar worm's-eye view Zip-Step Vertigo