Sunday, August 17, 2008

Art with our Moon

So, finally I have collected enough new Moon optical illusions to justify posting them as a collection. Individually posting each one, wouldn't make sense any more. Agree? Even though the idea isn't something we haven't already seen before (through relative sizes category), still each photo uses the Moon as an illusion in a slightly different manner. If my memory serves me correctly, the first illusion of this kind that made me "wooow" was The Man holding a Sun. Afterwards, they just kept coming. While I was writing this article, I came to a conclusion how I subconsciously choose the illusions I post. If my method interests you, just keep reading - First and most important ingredient is the illusion itself. If the optical illusion isn't obvious enough, no matter how cool the photo is, I won't publish it. After all, this website is entirely dedicated to illusions. Now if the illusion itself is good enough, I look at the picture (or photo) as a whole. It has to be visually keen, or plainly - look nice. In the end, I try to choose among illusions that are original enough, but weren't already posted in every corner of the internet. Sometimes the illusion itself is so awesome or new that it (rightfully) overrides my other criteria, and sometimes just the artistic touch or the coolness of the photo override the first (illusion) criteria. Here, now you have it... Please share your thoughts. Advices are always welcome.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Japan’s Spectacular Floating Airports

What happen when there’s no suitable land to build a new major airport or there are protest about the new construction without hesitation due to noise pollution or other environmental implications?

If you travel to Japan in the near future, you may witness a solution to these problems in the form of floation airports. At present there are four such constructions in Japan (there are also examples in Hong Kong and Macau). Each built on its own artificial island offshore and each backed by the community it serves. The first of these incredible engineering wonders to be built and the first of its kind in the world was Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay. Just to build the 4 kilometres long island called for 21 million cubic metres of landfill plus the assistance of 80 ships, then there was the small matter of connecting the airport to the mainland by way of a 3 kilometres bridge. In total the project has so far cost around $20 billion, but has already saved some expense by surviving both an earthquake and a typhoon in the last 15 years, in addition being open 24 hours a day due to its location.
Here are Japan’s four floating airports :

Kansai International Airport

See the airport on Google Maps

New Kitakyushu Airport

See the airport on Google Map.

Kobe Airport

See the airport on Google Map.

Chubu Centrair International Airport

See the airport on Google Map.
For those airports situated near the coast, it makes a lot of sense to follow the examples in Japan for a number of reasons. Most importantly environmental impact and space consumption.
However, there are also other innovations to welcome. One of the most intriguing being a Rotating Floating Airport invented by Van Den Noort Innovations BV in Netherlands. As far as we know, the idea hasn’t been realised yet but the concept seems like a good one. The RFA’s main circular body (arrival and departure lounges, transport stations) would sit below sea level. Its base embedded in the sea, whilst the runway platform would float on the water, rotating according to wind direction. In essence the entire structure would resemble a gigantic propeller lodged in the ground, air traffic landing and taking-off on its blades.

Hell on Earth...

This scenery is exist in the middle east country, Uzbekistan. It is near the small town of Darvaz. Locals call it ‘The Door to Hell’.
It started 35 years ago, while Geologists were drilling for gas, when they found a large ravine under ground.
Nobody dare to get down to the ravine since it’s filled full of poisonous gas.
To avoid the gas from coming out and soil the earth, they ignited the gas expecting it to burn out of the poisonous gas.
But the fire is still on, until now. It’s been 35 years this hole has never stop burning, even for while.

Cities Under The Sea

Alexandria, Egypt.

Offshore Alexandria, city from the Alexander the Great, laid at the ocean bottom what was trusted as the ruined grandeur rooms of Cleopatra. It was believed that a big earthquake around 1,500 years ago that caused it sank into the sea with all histrorical statues and other parts of Cleopatra’s palace.
Bay of Cambay, India.
Years ago it was found a city that aged of more than 9,500 years old. But the more important thing is that this invention is 5,000 years older from what they ever found in this area, It forced the historian to re-evaluate their explanations about the culture histories at that area. This invention is called Dwarka of City of Gold, named after the old city under the sea owned by God Khrisna.

Kwan Phayao, Thailand.

Actually the 500 years old temple that resides in the bottom of Phayao’s lake is not strange. The strange part is that the lake was purposely newly made 70 years ago.

Yonaguni-Jima, Japan.

Founded by a diving tour guide approximately 20 years ago. Many controversies about the mysterious pyramid that was found in Japan’s offshore. The structure which made from stone was looked like being chiselled using the tools that presumed was not exist at that time in those area.

Havana, Cuba.

A team of scientist is continuing their research about the ruined Megalitic in Yucatan’s straits near Cuba. They found proof that there is a urban settlement couple of miles along coast wise. Some believe that those who ever live there was the old America’s culture.

North Sea, Europe.

Recently a landscape was found in the bottom of North Sea. It was formerly inhabitted by human, approximately 10,000 years ago. Those area was river, lake and ocean which now laid in the bottom part of the sea.

Atlantis, Antartica.

More than 100 years ago, a museum curator in Istanbul found an old map. After did some examination with the map, he found a location that was marked with the line of mountains which the location was where the Antartica’s now presenting. This map is one of so many evidences which proven that Antartica is the missing Atlantis City. The new evidence was the discovery using the sonar technology which shown that there is another structure under Antartica.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Optical Illusion - Dodecahedron

A Dodecahedron is a 12 faced polyhedron with 20 verticals and thirty edges. It's a 3D geometric object. You can see the example in the first image below. The optical illusion behind this installment is obvious only when you see the second photo. Dodecahedron Optical Illusion is composed of a bunch of random floating chunks of wood. As they appear to be randomly spread around the area, when viewed from the correct angle they form a perfect Dodecahedron. More precisely, this installment is created from dozens of seemingly random positioned parts that obtain cohesive structure only when viewed from certain angle. Bunch of similar examples can be found on this site. Starting from Felice Varini's circles, all the way to Bicycle Installment and that strange installment from Hungary. I'm not quite sure who is the artist behind this amazing illusion, but if you find some info, be sure to share through comments.

Spinning MAN Optical Illusion

Once again Mighty Optical Illusions website proudly brings new optical illusion that hopefully will become as famous as the Spinning Girl did in the past. Remember when we first posted Spinning Girl illusion, it was later reposted on all the famous websites across the internet. The artwork was created by Peter 'Def' Oksbjerre, and the flash work was enhanced by Miguel Ortiz, and later by Anthony J. Foreman. I thank all three of you guys for your time. Now the illusion works like this: watch the spinning man, and you'll see him spin in one direction, but as soon as he rotates for 180 degrees, you'll see the switch in the direction of his movement, and he will spin differently. Let's see how long does it take for big websites to find this illusion and write about it. Remember, to see the freshest optical illusion on your PC desktop, Mac dashboard, iGoogle or Facebook profile, add the appropriate application. You can find them all at the top of the sidebar.

Let's give the author (Peter) opportunity to explain it himself: "Hi, Love your site. I was playing around with some particle-systems and depth-maps in AfterEffects and suddenly this guy showed up. I like how his legs get totally twisted in the middle of the spin. It works with the same principles as the Einstein and Chaplin-masks where you see the inside but it looks like the outside."

Monday, July 14, 2008

Art by Nature

Northern Light Over Yellow Knife, Canada.
This is so beautiful..
This is a Fire Rainbow.
The rarest of all naturally occurring atmospheric phenomena.
The picture was captured on the Idaho / Washington border. The event lasted about 1 hour.
Clouds have to be cirrus, at least 20K feet in the air, with just the right amount of ice crystals and the sun has to hit the clouds at precisely 58 degrees.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mirror Tic Tac Toe Illusion

Now this one is eye-candy! One of the first games I ever learned to play as a child was Tic Tac Toe. We call this game differently here in Croatia, but if you translated the meaning literally, it would be "Crosses and Circles". Mirror Tic Tac Toe by Peleg Design is a rad little optical illusion board game with half O's and X's that only are complete when put in play. I'm not exactly sure weather you see the O's and X's correctly if you look at the board under different, more extreme angle, but Sahar Peleg surely created very interesting and innovative approach to this game.

Shahar Peleg is a multi-disciplined designer, who designs, develops and produces commercial products in small quantities. Shahar designs every-day objects with additional values which give them a fresh character. His experimentation with optical illusions and “magic” result in smart and surprising products that challenge the spectator to take a closer, more detailed look. His products are characterized by minimalist form and with the use of ordinary materials, usually produced in “low tech” production processes and at times even handmade.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Art on Ground

Eggs mark the spot in the town of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.
These sunny-side-up creations are the work of Dutch artist Henk Hofstra.
His Art-Eggcident is open to all in the town’s Wilhelmina Square.
The eight fried eggs have a diameter of 7.5 meters.
Some have a bulging yolk 2.3 meters high.
Members of the public have come out of their shell to engage with the artworks.
The eggs will fry in the sun for the next six months..
.. while breakfast lovers get to admire his extraordinary talent.
Hostra’s eggs follow another exhibition that brightened up Dutch streets.
Moleneind in Drachten was sprayed as part of the Blue Road project.
Four thousand litres of paint were used to cover a kilometre of road.
The creation formed an urban river and traced the path of a waterway that used to run where the road now is.
The slogan ‘Water Is Life’ was written on the road in 8m-high letters.
Hostra said it would provide fun for users of Google Earth..
.. and bring life back to the center of Drachten.