Solving the Riddle of Giant Random Shapes That Suddenly Become Geometrical Forms

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Swiss artist Felice Varini has been dubbed a master of illusion, but his tricks aren’t performed on a stage. No, he’s chosen a more everyday setting for his illusions: walls, ceilings and structures. Varini creates awe-inspiring works of art that at first glance seem to be simply strange assortments of shapes at various angles. However, when the viewer finds the correct position, the random shapes interconnect to reveal a particular geometric form. The following images represent ten of the best such examples, challenging the observer to solve the riddle of Varini’s mesmerizing anamorphic illusions.

This random assortment of colorful shapes...
Image: André Morin via Colossal
This random assortment of colorful shapes…

“Anamorphosis” represents a work that remains unrecognizable unless seen from one precise position. Yet while such enforced perspectives have long been used in the art world – dating back as far as the 15th century – they’ve also been utilized in more practical settings.

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...transform into colorful circles.
Image: André Morin via Colossal
…transforms into colorful circles.

As one commonplace example of anamorphosis, the word “ambulance” appears the wrong way round on the front of emergency vehicles until it’s viewed in a mirror.

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