The classified ad section of a newspaper is one of the last places you’d expect to find an astonishing optical illusion, which is part of what makes this one so amazing. This entire newspaper page is a Corona Kitchen advertisement created by Colombia-based creative director Felipe Salazar. By cleverly manipulating text size and spacing, Salazar made it appear as though a tiny 3D kitchen has been embedded in the columns of text. Look carefully and you’ll see countertop, cabinets, a stove and a range hood.

[via Design Taxi]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork offers up a wonderfully geeky creation by street artists Leon Keer and Remko van Schaik on the campus of the EPLF technical institute in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The duo spent six days working on this amazing depiction of a girl playing a 3D version of Space Invaders in an aerial arcade. Look closely, that’s not just crazy vintage arcade carpet beneath her dangling feet. It’s the very distant ground. We were never much good at the game, but we’d still love to try playing a version like this.

When we asked Keer what he found most challenging about this particular project, he said, “It was creating the Space Invaders. To get the right geometrical shape of every Invader and in good proportion with the other Invaders took a lot of calculations and a good amount of concentration.

The painting measures 150 square meters (1600 square feet) and only makes sense when viewed from one particular side. If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Lausanne, this fantastic street painting will be view through April 10, 2014.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Look closely at the top photo, but don’t listen to your brain. It wants to see a Scarlet Macaw parrot perched on a stump, but it’s really a woman disguised by an awesome combination of amazing body painting and careful posing.

This masterful optical illusion is the work of Italian fine-art-bodypainter Johannes Stötter (previously featured here), who spent four weeks painstakingly planning the project.

"It then took him several hours to complete the painting itself, using breathable paint to transform the model’s body into a mind-blowing piece of artwork. After another hour of careful positioning and posing, Stötter snapped the photograph that you see here."

Visit Johannes Stötter’s website to check out more of his incredible artwork.

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Street artists Aakash Nihalani (previously featured here) and Know Hope collaborated on this wonderful piece which transforms a flat blue exterior wall in Brooklyn, NY into corner with windows on either side. A flock of paper birds flies in one window and out the other, which reinforces the optical illusion while also suggesting that perhaps these two widows are actually floating in midair.

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Do you remember those 3D Magic Eye posters that were so popular in the 90s? If you could see the hidden images, they were entertaining, but for those who couldn’t they could be infuriating. Those images are called Autostereograms. Canadian indie rock band Young Rival worked with Jared Raab and Tomasz Dysinski to create an animated autostereogram music video for their song “Black Is Good”.

Just like with the posters, seeing the hidden images requires relaxing your vision and trying to focus through or behind your monitor. We were able to make it work at regular size, but the band recommends watching it fullscreen at 1080p HD. Good luck!

Click here to learn how this unusual music video was made.

[via Geekologie]

"I hope the Wall is high enough."

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork pays a visit to Bishop’s Square in Spitalfields, London where HBO commissioned 3D Joe and Max (previously featured here) to created this spectacular anamorphic street painting of The Wall from Game of Thrones.

Visit Dailymail.co.uk for more photos of this amazing optical illusion.

Cake is awesome. No matter where you are, what day it is, time it is, what you’re wearing or what the weather is like, it’s always a good time for cake. And besides just eating it ourselves, giving cake to someone else is also awesome. You can use it to wish them a happy birthday, congratulate them, cheer them up or simply say, “I think you’re swell.” But giving someone cake isn’t always that simple. Perhaps they’re far away. Cake doesn’t generally make it through the mail unharmed.

But wait, Sandra Denneler of SheKnows.com has come up with an amazing way to send a mouthwatering slice of cake to anyone anywhere - or at least anywhere the mail goes. And thanks to her DIY recipe tutorial, you can do it too. Sanda calls these creations Cake Postcards. They look just like the real thing, but they’ll never get crushed or spoil:

"Imagine how happy and excited you’d be, if you went to your mailbox one day and pulled out a slice of cake. Now you can surprise friends and family (and probably even your mail carrier), with this three-dimensional, mailable postcard, cleverly disguised as cake. With only five ingredients in this crafty recipe — a large sponge, spray paint, caulk, spray adhesive and heavy paper — it’s a piece of cake. Literally. Postage is around $3 per slice, but the reaction from the recipient will be priceless."

Click here for the complete Cake Postcard tutorial.

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Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork checks in on New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani (previously featured here), who continues to transform public spaces with his playful geometric tape installations.

"For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality."

Visit Colossal to view more of Aakash Nihalani’s latest pieces of isometric artwork.

These awesome examples of anamorphic artwork were created by Truly Design, an Italian graffiti crew-turned art and design collective. The crew keep busy working in the fields of illustration, fine art, graphic design, and even teaching, but it’s their clever and beautifully executed anamorphic street art that really stops us in our tracks.

Click here to view more artwork by Truly Design.

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Hey looks, it’s a box full of money, what’s so awesome about that?
It’s awesome because it isn’t really a cardboard box full of money. It’s a wooden sculpture and it’s the work of American artist Randall Rosenthal. Randall uses nothing but carefully carved Vermont white pine and skillfully applied acrylic paint to make pieces of wood perfectly mimic stacks of newspapers, comic books, trading cards and currency. The box of cash pictured here began as three pieces of wood glued together to form a solid block.

One of the most amazing things about Randall’s artwork is that he never works from photos or models, but instead relies only on a mental image as his guide.

Click here for a complete series of process photos of Randall’s amazing cardboard box full of cash.

Check out lots more of Randall Rosenthal’s wonderfully deceptive sculptures at the Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and via Sawmill Creek.

[via Twisted Sifter and Colossal]

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