Optical illusions are some of the coolest styles of art out there—from “spinning” wheels that are really stationary, to those famous shift-in-perception pictures we know from psychology classes. They have the ability to entrance us, make us say “What the–?” as we try to figure out their mysteries. Some optical illusions turn up as street art, or maybe just the way a drain is framed by bubbles as the water empties out of the sink. Here are some of those illusions, and more.
3-D Bubble Ball
You’d think there are real bubbles inside that image. But there aren’t. It’s all a drawing. But it made you look twice, didn’t it?
3-D Hose Pipe
This is one of the best 3-D art illusions: it looks like real water, coming out of an actual hose on a reel. But look again. The hose reel is drawn on the ground, just like the water.
The girl doing a handstand on the grass in between two of those chalk lines makes it look like she’s doing gymnastics on top of an actual maze. It’s freaky once your perception shifts.
Whoever drew this one is not only supremely good at detail, but the arranging of the three pieces of paper behind the first, and then drawing parts of the ship on each of those pieces to make it look like it’s popping off the page? There are no words for this 3D genius.