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5 Real Life Optical Illusions You’ll Want to Visit

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 The Storseisundet Bridge - Averøy, Norway Real life illusion

We’ve blogged about optical illusions before. In our post Optical Illusions Explained we shared images and diagrams to illustrate the different types of optical illusions that exist.

Literal Optical Illusion Elephant trunk and five legs Ponzo Illusion Distorting cognitive illusion lines perspective Kanizsa Triangle Fiction illusion perceived perception

But what about real life?

Some architects and designers like to include them in their work, although they can exist in nature too! Here are our top five.

The Impossible Triangle, Perth - Australia

Impossible Triangle Perth Australia Real life penrose triangle illusion

Impossible Triangle Perth Australia Real life penrose triangle illusion Impossible Triangle Perth Australia Real life penrose triangle illusion

Source: Wikipedia

The Impossible Triangle in Perth is an example of a paradox illusion - an illusion generated by objects that are paradoxical or impossible. The Impossible Triangle is actually an example of a Penrose Triangle - first created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934 but independently devised and popularised by psychiatrist Lionel Penrose and his mathematician son Roger Penrose.

The Storseisundet Bridge - Averøy, Norway

 The Storseisundet Bridge - Averøy, Norway Real life illusion

The Storseisundet Bridge - Averøy, Norway Real life illusion

Source: Martin Ystenes

The Storseisundet Bridge is an example of a distorting illusion. When viewed from certain angles, the curvature of the bridge makes it look like the road simply vanishes in mid air!

The Storseisundet Bridge is the longest of the eight bridges that make up the Atlanterhavsveien, the road connection from the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averøya in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.

Zhongshuge bookshop - Yangzhou, China

Zhongshuge bookshop - Yangzhou, China black mirror floor tunnel real life illusion

Zhongshuge bookshop - Yangzhou, China black mirror floor tunnel real life illusion

Source: Shao Feng as featured in Dezeen

Shanghai studio XL-Muse used black mirrored flooring and arched shelves to create the illusion of tunnel of books inside the Zhongshuge bookshop in Yangzhou.

Lake Sørvágsvatn - Vágar, Faroe Islands

Lake Sørvágsvatn - Vágar, Faroe Islands real life illusion

Source: Roman Polepar

Lake Sørvágsvatn in the Faroe Islands is popular with hikers from across the globe - not just because it’s the largest lake on the Islands, but also because when viewed from specific angles it looks like the lake is balanced high above the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, it’s just another distorting illusion. The step sides of the cliff to the side of the lake make it look much higher up than it actually is!

Salar de Uyuni - Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni - Bolivia real life illusion salt flats

Source: tripzumi.com

Salar de Uyuni - Bolivia real life illusion salt flats

The world's largest salt flat is a popular spot for ‘make your own illusion’ tourist photos. The seemingly endless horizon is incredible for creating distorting illusions.

Which is your favorite?

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