Invisible Skyway: Urban Optical Illusions Conceal & Distort

Invisible Skyway: Urban Optical Illusions Conceal & Distort

Post by Urbanist, filed beneath Street Art & Graffiti in the Art class.

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New Zealand artist, illusionist and urbanist Mark Hewson has a great several tricks up his sleeve involving spatial deception, convincing citizens there is less (or more) to their city than can ordinarily be witnessed.

illusion fake sky bridge

His very first trick in this series: disguising an ordinary street-crossing skyway from a series of crucial vantage points. But even from alternate angles the place the lines do not sync up, the effect is dizzying. Our pattern-searching for brains keep hunting for transparency or reflection in which there is just a reliable painting.

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Other illusions in his repertoire involve mirroring or warping unseen aspects behind strong surfaces or sheets of materials. Again, this toying with voids and our structural expectations induces odd kinds of visual vertigo.

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In preceding projects, like the Misplaced Area Set up, he has worked with gaps and openings, filling them in with imaginary scenes that selection from plausible to impossible. Although these may possibly be far more naturally fake on the surface, they produce a nevertheless potent sense of spatial distortion and disorientation.