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Neil Dawson’s Horizons

This piece of art by Neil Dawson is called Horizons. It is located in New Zealand on “The Farm,” a large private art park owned by Alan Gibbs, a New Zealand businessman, entrepreneur, and art patron worth about $450 million dollars.

Fun Fact: If you can’t see the optical illusion you may have schizophrenia!

69 responses

  1. PGW

    what optical illusion?

    February 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    • thegrip

      It looks like a big piece of paper, Paul. If you can’t see that you are bat shit crazy.

      February 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

      • thegrip

        OK optical illusion might be a strong word. Maybe I should say “If you can’t see this you are blind.”

        I’ll leave this comment in braille so my blind readers understand what is going on:

        .::.:….:::. :…: ..:::… :::..:.

        February 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

        • ThaDarkness

          .: .:…: :::..:!

          February 21, 2010 at 3:13 am

        • jonesy

          how did u type in brail? and why would there be a font for that on the computer seeing that a blaind man coundn’t read stuff on a computer screen?

          June 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm

          • thegrip

            we have a winner

            June 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

  2. Zach M.

    i kinda want one on the roof of my house

    February 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm

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  5. The One and Only

    this is by far one of the coolest things I have ever seen, I now want to see this thing in real life to get the full impact of it…

    February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

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  8. scottycockblock

    I used to love the lichenstien house thing in DC as my top op art…this tops it! its like lichenstien mixed with kaws….amazing

    February 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

  9. scottycockblock

    self spell check: lichtenstein

    hers a link to his house thingy:

    February 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

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  19. Are these concept photocomposites rather than real photos? The “crosshatching” for the shading doesn’t match location from photo to photo, as in there are several instances where you should be able to see the crosshatch effect through the empty space given its appearance from one angle, but in another angle you don’t.
    E.g., in the first photo there is shading on the top side of the “paper” corner near the pine tree, but in the second photo the “paper” appears to have been flipped from right to left, putting the shaded topside corner away from us, instead of in the foreground.

    February 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    • Your eyes are fooling your brain into thinking that the sculpture is actually 3D. In fact it is all in one 2D plane – like if you took one of the above photos, traced the outline of the sculpture on a piece of sheet metal, and cut it out.

      Since it is 2D, the view from one side will of course look like a mirrored photo of the view from the other side.

      February 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

  20. WackyBeans

    Seriously, what is the optical illusion here?

    February 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    • Only that these are actual photos of the sculpture. That the “sculpture” in image 2 has been L to R flipped vs. image 1 is completely obvious.
      There are zero other photos on the web of this thing other than these three, which I find odd.

      February 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      • Here’s an image from Bing Maps where you can see the sculpture (which is entirely flat and therefore just a thin straight line from above) and its shadow.

        February 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    • thegrip

      Apparently if you don’t see the cartoonish looking piece of paper, you are “weird.” Not really an optical illusion, but some people just see metal beams and not the piece of paper.

      February 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      • Photo 2 does not agree with photos 1 and 3 w/r/t the position of the short, unfinished line. Coming around to the other side of the sculpture, as we’re to believe has happened in photo 2, would place the short line near the camera. Someone has done some sloppy photo manipulation. Or, as I suggested above, this is merely a concept photocomposite.

        February 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

        • The photes agree perfectly – they show the same 2D sculpture from both sides (front and back). Now, if you looked at it from the side all you would see is a line…

          February 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

          • Ah, I withdraw my assertion. That overhead view was very helpful, thanks.

            February 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm

  21. JIm

    Wrong, #2 is from the other side of the hill, take a look at the tree, behind the hill in 1 and in fornt in 2. Even if photoshopped, it’s correct. Optical illusion is that it works both ways.

    Very cool.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  22. This thing is great! It is whimsical and it is so simple that it becomes deceptive. It’s an optical illusion because it is a FLAT piece of metal with holes cut in it. It works from various angles, front and back, because it is flat. It is basically the most amazing “frame” ever!

    February 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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  24. Thndr

    The only problem I have is the fact that in Photo 1, the “Back” part is wide, yet in Photo 2 and 3, it’s thin. I can understand different angles, but if you look at the “Front” part, the proportions are relatively the same.

    Another thing that’s cheating is all the damn pictures are on a goddamn hill.

    February 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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  29. Joe

    No 2 & 3 are the same, but #1 is a different sculpture.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    • thegrip

      Incorrect. It’s all the same piece.

      February 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

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  31. Personne

    It’s all the same. You think it can’t be, because your brain sees it in 3D, while it’s plane. And you can’t say where is the “front” of this plane.
    I think that in real life, this impact would be lesser because with your two eyes, you would see the real depth and angle.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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  33. Bill

    fun idea…but what an egregious p.o.s. whole communities in this world can be brought out of the worst kind of poverty and suffering with just a sliver of a piece of metal sitting in a, no less, private art park. good art, but ugly, horrible art

    February 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

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    May 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

  44. Great. Cool picture.Hey Neil Dawson’s it is look like you are a potential designer. Keep going buddy u have a bright future.

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