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Flowers that look like something else – Plants pareidolia

There are plenty examples of plants that look like something else and undoubtedly orchids are the masters of plants pareidolia.

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

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The living illusions of John Pugh

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Trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh creates large scale murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. “I have found that the ‘language’ of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.”  His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism” and his paintings can be seen all over the world.

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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

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Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.

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Fake Building Facades by Patrick Commecy

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Artist Patrick Commecy heads up a team of muralists that transform boring blank walls throughout France,  into vibrant scenes full of life. In his hyper-realistic paintings he  incorporates popular figures who belong to the town that he’s painting in. According to him urban frescoes improve the quality of life of residents, enrich the cultural heritage of the town and enhance its brand image .

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Rough Sketches Turned Into Real Furniture

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The collection, titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University. Chairs, sofas and stools, seem like messy doodles and sketches magically popped up off the paper but they are actually formed out of arranged wire.

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Anamorphic Illusion Drawings by Ben Heine

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The illusion paintings below are part of Ben heine‘s “Pencil Vs Camera” series, full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Heine draws his sketches freehand using a mixture of charcoal sticks and graphite pencils before they being retouched in post-production.
(Photos by Ben Heine/Barcroft Media)

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Parrot Illusion Body Painting

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In his latest work, artist and a former world body painting champion Johannes Stötter has transformed a female model into this colourful bird. It took him only four hours to paint her body with breathable paint, adding  great detail and dark shading.

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Anamorphic Optical Illusion Murals by Ella and Pitr

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French street artists Ella and Pitr have created a series of  anamorphic murals to bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings in the city of Saint-Étienne. Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical than our own.

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Symmetrical Trees Photography by Oliver Delgado

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Oliver Delgado  shoots rows of trees in such a way they create outstanding visual illusions of  endless tunnels. The photos are genuine and not digital montages. As Delgado said, “All images are real. I only adjusted levels in Lightroom.”

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Animalistic Body Art by Gesine Marwedel

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German artist Gesine Marwedel uses the human body as a canvas for her beautiful body paintings. She is taking body painting to a new level by using the natural shapes of the human form and her art is so detailed that you forget you’re looking at a human body.

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