Top 10 Amazing and Best Anamorphic Illusions

It was the French artist Edgar Degas that once said this: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” and each and every week I get to see one very good example of this because I work in Cardiff, Wales right near the barrage which is home to one of the World’s most well know examples of Anamorphosis. These unusual bits of art require the viewer to look at the artwork from a very specific vantage point in order to see the image the artist intended you to see. They are often massive in size, often relatively simple images and if they are the World’s best they are known as…


Top 10 Amazing and Best Anamorphic Illusions

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Best Quotes About Illusions


Cardiff Barrage, Wales, UK - Artist: Felice Varini
Cardiff Barrage, Wales, UK – Artist: Felice Varini

10 – Yellow Rings

Elizabeth Bowen once said: ”Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live if we do.”

The Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy - Artist: Felice Varini
The Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy – Artist: Felice Varini

9 – Black Cylindrical Rings

Luis Palau once said: ”God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions, to begin with.”

Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz, Poland - Artist: Regina Silveira
Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz, Poland – Artist: Regina Silveira

8 – 3D City Scape

Daniel J. Boorstin once said: ”We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.”

Location Unknown - Artist: by J. Hurwitz
Location Unknown – Artist: by J. Hurwitz

7 – Sand Clowns Face

Joseph Conrad once said: ”It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.”

Niigata Water and Land Art Festival, Niigata, Japan - Artist: Felice Varini
Niigata Water and Land Art Festival, Niigata, Japan – Artist: Felice Varini

6 – Red Star Burst

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said: ”Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.”

Temple Plaza, New Haven, USA - Artist: Felice Varini
Temple Plaza, New Haven, USA – Artist: Felice Varini

5 – Orange Ring Vortex

Stendhal once said: ”Friendship has its illusions no less than love.”

London, UK - Artist: Julian Beever
London, UK – Artist: Julian Beever

4 – Waterfall Pavement drawing

Victor Hugo once said: ”The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.”

Chico, (Northern) Calif., USA - Artist: John Pugh
Chico, (Northern) Calif., USA – Artist: John Pugh

3 – Hidden Building Wall Art

Bob Dylan once said: ”I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.”


Melbourne, Australia - Artist: Axel Peemoeller
Melbourne, Australia – Artist: Axel Peemoeller

2 – Car-park Direction Signs Art

John Lennon once said: ”These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up… I cannot be on the way up again.”

Vercorin, Swiss Alps, Switzerland - Artist: Felice Varini
Vercorin, Swiss Alps, Switzerland – Artist: Felice Varini

1 – Vercorin, Swiss Alps, Switzerland – Artist: Felice Varini

Mark Twain once said: ”Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

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