Amazing Optical Illusion: Shapes That Look Superimposed Are Actually Painted Surfaces

Since 1979, artist Felice Varini has experimented with perspective, painting seemingly random surfaces that look fragmented and disjointed. The ‘big picture’ only comes together when viewed from a specific vantage point.

The Swiss-born, Paris-based artist often uses simple geometric shapes that look almost ‘superimposed’ onto their surroundings. The style is similar to the 3D sidewalk chalk artworks that distort and stretch images, but snap into life when viewed from a certain perspective.

On Varini’s website you can find all of his artworks in chronological order from 1979 onwards, along with photos of the works from various angles so you can appreciate how Varini uses his environment to achieve the illusion.

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