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

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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.”

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Amazing and Best Anamorphic Illusions”

  1. Very good art indeed, some of them are so big it must have been very hard to get the illusion just right.

  2. Some fascinating images. Slightly unnerving to see how easily the eye can be tricked.

  3. WOW, your place is really great, don’t know how you find these things but please keep up the great work here!!!

  4. These pictures are amazing! You ar so lucky to have lunch in such a beautiful place. If I eat at all it is usually at my desk. You definitely brought a smile to my face today.

  5. I think that seeing it from the wrong then the right angles is part of the fun. Unless you are in that sweet spot to see it, it just looks like a load of random lines and curves.

  6. Amazing pictures, was good to see some of them from other angles too, be good to see them all from an alternative angle. Fascinating nonetheless.

  7. Very nice actually. We went for a friend’s birthday intending to get drunk on cheap vodka – which we did – but we also discovered some really cool architecture, nice bars and a good time!

  8. Tattoo art seems to be going this way also. There is a subject for you! Reminds me of a post I saw this morning about Wile E. Coyote not being remembered for his realistic paintings of tunnel entrances.

  9. I’d call in sick like every other day or so. Or would have to leave early. yikes

  10. These are amazing – I would agree that your #1 is the most unlikely one – to think that all those people would agree to allow someone to paint on their homes, building, etc.l, it boggles the mind. The columns underneath the stucco (or whatever) is the most realistically understandable. I would love to be in building in Japan and stand at different angles to see those concentric circles. This whole thing is very cool.

  11. The orange circles and UP graphics blow me away (since I can see the perfect AND natural appearances of both). I think only a wizard has that kind of mastery over time and space.

  12. Well that is amazing, you are lucky to be living in Japan because they really do have some of the Worlds best artist and indeed works of art. I would love to visit one day and see some.

  13. What it is, is that these “illusions” are massive! Covering sever hundreds of meters, they are just simple lines and streaks here and there but standing in the right spot and putting the whole illusion together means you get to see something that doesn’t really exist! so really it is an illusion of a illusion! Kind of anyway.

  14. Well let me tell you that the one in Cardiff where I live is massive and is made up of loads of lines going across railings, the edges of benches and all manor or random looking ways, but when you stand inside that “sweet spot” it looks amazing and is all worth it.

  15. This one has me buffaloed! The one with the white pullers seems to be the one that makes sense to me – the others don’t really make sense. Maybe I am too literal.

  16. That’s a very cool collection. They have the word ones all over Japan – messages to drivers to SLOW DOWN or get off their phones are painted onto the posts of metal fences – they look ok until you get close and then they streeeeeatch out ^^

  17. Having seen to Cardiff barrage 1 with my own eyes I can tell you that while it does look simple it is actully really complicated and very large in size

  18. Great post, very extraordinary. The Cardiff Barrage looks stunning. Almost can’t belive that it’s only a painted line.

  19. I worked on a mural briefly with John Pugh in San Jose. He does interesting things. In my 20’s I was the only outdoor, scaffold climbing billboard painter and used to do the sides and tops of buildings, mostly swinging on a scaffold above Times Square. Of course the art was framed not made to match the environs, but very exciting work.
    Nice gathering here, good job.

  20. I like different types of “art” as much as I love poetry and I really LOVE poetry. I love this type of art you have identified for us as I never really knew what it was called. I have only seen this for real, outside of pictures, once or twice in my life and it truly is fascinating to see. It is so reminiscent of the street art you see photographs of all over the internet. I am like Mkesling63 when they pointed out the line you wrote about art being what the artist makes others see!
    Great job by the way, love your blogs as they are a great stress reliever from some of the more serious stuff I do!
    God Bless you richly! 🙂
    Pastor Roland

  21. Reblogged this on The Lady…..and commented: I like the line that art is what you make others see. The only one I can identify with is the white pillars used in the architcture of higher court buildings. Otherwise I see pople living in the air, spirals, shapes, still searching how to express themsleves, not others by art. The first line here. My fisrt thought here was ” Where is that Purple Dragon Acid Tab.” Some may know purple dot. I need help seeing this alone well. Since I left drugs alone a long time ago, speak up is my thing.

  22. #3 Taylor Halll, John Pugh, is actually found in Chico, (Northern) Calif., USA. I used to live there and I remember seeing this building. It is amazing. Sadly, when I left, they were planning on tearing that building down. As you can imagine, there was quite a furor going on about the future of the mural.

  23. Yeah number 4 is worthy or an award or something because the image link blog posts says that it took the guy 9 hours and then it rained and washed it all away. I guess that is the pains of being a street artist.

  24. These look simple, but being a painter myself I know the exacting work that goes into these. Everything has to be just right or it won’t look good. Amazing!

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