Impossible Figure: 2009-06-23


Linework | Fillwork

This is a pair of blocks that without moving turns from being flat on the ground to standing up, both in their own individual way.

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Professional app- & web-developer. Spare time multimedia experimenter, VR-enthusiast, motorcyclist. In Sweden.
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2 Responses to Impossible Figure: 2009-06-23

  1. Peter Howie says:

    I love all of your work, honestly.
    I could just look at them for longer than I’d like to admit.

    But I’d like to think that this one operates around the boarder of possible to create.

  2. Thank you! :D I will give you a few things to look at so you can spend even more time pondering if it’s impossible or not :)

    1. In both the objects, if you had removed all the transition steps so there would only be uninterrupted lines from the the start to the end, would it feel more impossible?

    2. Looking at the top surface and the bottom side, the only two surfaces which does not transition to being the other, they go from being separated sideways but close vertically to the left to being separated vertically but close sideways to the right. This while all lines are perfectly straight and pointing towards the same vanishing point.

    3. Check both the Linework and Fillwork versions to see if they give you a different feel for it. I think the gradients might make it seem more possible than it actually would be :)

    In all honesty, many (or all) impossible figures can be created in the physical world, but they will be heavily distorted as soon as you look at them from a different point of view. This is a good resource to see samples of real world objects.

    I create these figures with very strict principles drawing my lines using vanishing points. For the physical object to exist, these lines are rotated on an axis in angle with the line on the paper surface and perpendicular the to vector from your eye, this will make the line appear the same even if rotated. This way you can create distorted objects that look like they fit together impossibly while observed from a specific point in space.

    Thinking like this dismisses pretty much all impossible figures as possible to make which kind of kills the magic. But if you instead accept that the lines are straight while depicting an object that seems to bend space and that it would be impossible to create it as it appears (not heavily distorted) I think you will enjoy illusion arts more :)

    Does this make sense at all?

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