Here are two lovely illusions that only work when you are in exactly the right place.  First, there is the impossible vase….

and @jbrownridge brought my attention to this great sculpture…

Which do you prefer?


  1. I prefer the sculpture as a piece of art more than an illusion – although it is in a strange location… Ive seen the vase somewhere before….

  2. I prefer the sculpture – had more heft and “reality”. I think I saw this before. It’s a nice piece in the environment here (Netherlands IIRC).

    I wonder how it was designed, e.g. to get the apparently perfect perspective and straight lines in the projection from that vantage point, and if there are others.

  3. I prefer the sculpture, which is stunning. I would love to see that in real life – it screams out to be touched!

  4. In a sublime way, I prefer the vase, as it is more accessible. Where in the world do I get one!

    I would love to show it off to people who already think/know I’m a little kooky.

  5. The second one, because it looks good from any angle, but amazing from one specific angle. The vase looks impossible from one angle and pretty horrible from any other.,

  6. 2.

    It is interesting from any angle, but from the perfect angle, you see the brilliance of the design. It’s like finding a unexpected present.

    The first is one-dimensional.

    1. I hesitantly recommend taking a trip to it on Google Street View. If you Google Map ‘Ophoven’ (thanks Geoff) it’s a few yards south of the marker, in the middle of the dual carriage way. Unfortunately you’re restricted to about 3 views, none of which, unsurprisingly, do the business (but it’s difficult to resist trying!).

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