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When the pattern stops rotating is it still moving or not?
Street artist Replete produced this great picture of a jet fighter by painting on different layers of plastic wrap which are stretched across the space about 10m apart. The bombs are anomorphically drawn on the floor.
Credit - Michael Pickard: “The Day it Rained on Lowry”. VisuallyDirectedDesign.com (UK)
In Lowry's Returning from Work, we see the industrial landscape and 'matchstick' figures typical of the artist, with bent figures appearing immobilised and struck down in the art of fixation.
However, this illusion changes all that as the figures seemingly start to shuffle along!
In reality, the characters are moving backwards and forwards and only seem to shuffle because a perceptual bias has been created that favours seeing the small forward movement. This appears much larger to the viewer who, in a way similar to how we navigate through crowds using just passing glances, unconsciously extrapolates the movement forward.
The star in this animation does not change color at any time.
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Keep staring at the red dot until the picture changes then keep your focus on the blue dot for the best effect.
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We have already explained the Ebbinghause illusion to you over on the Spy Blog, but today we introduce the Dynamic Ebbinghaus Effect. We think it's pretty cool. What do you think?
© Gianni A.Sarcone, giannisarcone.com, used with permission
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