Pneumàtic: Tire Sculptures Seem to Dissolve Into the Sidewalk

Artists Octavi Serra, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa have collaborated on a series of sculptures featuring salvaged car tires that seem to disappear into walls and sidewalks. The trio of artists have made works that play with our mind and our understanding that tires are hugely tough. It makes it almost impossible to comprehend that these aren’t actually sinking into the concrete or brickwork on the streets they inhabit.

In fact, to create each piece, the artists used grinding tools to slice the tire, then placed it back in its natural urban environment to amuse.

You’ve Seen Body Painting Before. But Has It Moved?

The distinctive chameleon is known for its ability to change colors, but the lizard featured here is even more changeable than that – this one can become human.

Bodypainting legend Johannes Stötter (previously) has created an incredible moving illusion, using two dextrous models laying atop each other to create the form of a chameleon. Then, in coordinated movements, they slowly walk along a branch – or so it seems.

More Mind-Bending Photo Manipulations from Erik Johansson

The world is not as it seems in Erik Johansson’s mind-bending photograph manipulations (featured previously). Here is a world where mirrored ‘M.C. Escher stairways’ really exist, where land flows like water, and where small towns float on the sea in glass bottles. Each illustration is a detailed masterpiece to behold.

This Video is NOT in Reverse

Eran Amir has a talent for creating videos which are not what they seem. When we last covered his work, he’d created a fascinating video which seemed to be in black and white – only it was soon revealed to be in vibrant color. Now he’s created a video which was filmed in forward motion, but seems to be going backwards. Some of the tricks are easy to figure out, but we’re still stumped on how he managed to eat a sandwich in reverse. Can you figure it out?

What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from another an entirely different scene emerges. His witty and inspired creations are filled with masterful illusions that keep you guessing at what is real.

2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page.

Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold.

A Mouthful of Makeup: Artist Laura Jenkinson Draws Cartoons on Her Face

London-based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson has a hobby that will make you smile… really big. Using her face as a canvas, she’s been drawing cartoon characters around her mouth, and loaning them her teeth and lips… which look hilariously massive in comparison. You’ve never seen Nemo or Eric Cartman like this before.

Florescent Geometric Illusions Skewering People in Brooklyn

The last time we featured the work of artist Aakash Nihalani, he was using florescent tape to create impossible geometric illusions all over the urban landscape. Now he’s using that same tape to skewer the hip people of Brooklyn with angular geometric forms. Window-like holes provide easy passage through the chest and stomach of each of his subjects… and honestly, getting stabbed never looked so good.

Illusions in the Sand: 3D Beach Art from Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale & David Rendu

Sometimes all you need to create magic are a few sticks, a bit of talent and a beach. Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale and David Rendu, worked in New Zealand under the name ‘3DSD Art,’ making fantastic 3D illusions in the sand using simple tools and a lot of creativity. Their anamorphic drawings feature M.C. Escher like stairways, skate parks, ocean scenes and more – and they are only complete when someone poses on the beach to make the illusion real.