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We know it’s hard to look away, but the Department of Awesome Optical Illusions warns you not to spend too long looking at these incredibly hypnotic and often outright dizzying images. They were all created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Professor of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He first won acclaim in 2003 for his Rotating Snakes peripheral drift illusion.

"Studying visual perception, visual illusion, optical illusion, trompe l’oeil, and 3D, Kitaoka regularly creates incredible psychedelic patterns and illusion artworks, optical illusions that give the impression of images in motion."

You can check out many more of Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s mesmerizing optical illusions on his website. Some of them are actually preceded by warnings that looking at them may induce nausea. We weren’t kidding about the dizziness. 

[via Juxtapoz]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork presents a new piece by French artist Bernard Pras (previously featured here). It’s an anamorphic assemblage portrait of Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman who, starting in April 1879, spent thirty-three years of his life building Le Palais idéal (the “Ideal Palace”) in Hauterives in southeastern France.

The palace is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture. And it’s where Pras’ portrait of Cheval is currently on display. We’ve included a photo of the Cheval himself (see above) to help illustrate how accurate this piece is. It was constructed using objects found around the palace itself and is actually much larger than it first appears.

Click here for a short video to get an even better look at this remarkable installation.

[via Junkculture and boredpanda]

These strangely hypnotic gifs are the work of Dundee, Scotland-based illustrator Sam Lyon. He calls them Jelly Gummies. There’s something about these fleshy, pulsating, amorphous creatures - a combination of anthropomorphism, creepiness, and our inexplicable suspicion that they’d be both fun to chew on and pleasing to taste - that makes them awesome.

You can find more of Lyon’s perpetually mutating Jelly Gummies right here on Tumblr at jellygummies. He also has a Jelly Gummies Etsy shop, just in case you’d like to invite some of this wonderfully squishy weirdness into your home.

[via designboom]

Nature + Science + Art = Super Awesome!

These amazing gifs, created from a video by Jonathon Bird’s Blue World, show a diver releasing a non-toxic fluorescent dye at the base of different sponges in the Caribbean to beautifully demonstrate how they feed on microscopic plankton by pumping and filtering the water through their bodies.

Click here to watch the actual video.

[via the io9 Observation Deck and reefs.com]

Fine art body painter Paul Roustan knocked the proverbial socks off the Department of Astonishing Optical illusions with this awesome black and white painting of a Pandora Sphinx moth that beautifully conceals a woman who’s been painted to completely blend in with the moth. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t spot her right away. We didn’t either.

It took the artist five hours to paint the background and an additional two hours to paint the model. He says, “On average it takes me three hours to paint the entire body. This one was a bit more meticulous lining things up, which is why it took so long for just a portion of the body.”

Click here to watch a brief video that provides an even better look at this amazing piece as well as its creation process.

Visit Paul Roustan’s website to check out more of his phenomenal body painting.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

We can’t stop staring at the moving mouth tentacles on this incredibly awesome and rather disturbing animatronic Zoidberg costume. It was created by effects artist Frank Ippolito in collaboration with Tested and debuted at WonderCon 2014.

In addition to the nightmarish remote-controlled animatronic tentacles, the costume features foam-latex feet and claws that clickety-click just like they do on Futurama. Ippolito probably even recreated Zoidberg’s unforgettable odor. Let’s just hope they didn’t create an alternate costume depicting the Decapodian doctor out of his shell.

Click here for a fascinating making-of and demonstration video.

[via Technabob and the A.V. Club]

UK-based artist and designer INSA (previously featured here) recently traveled to Taiwan for the Pow! Wow! Taiwan international street art festival. He collaborated with friend and fellow artist MADSTEEZ to create this awesome piece of Gif-iti on the side of an eight-story building.

INSA and MADSTEEZ spent five days painting around the clock, enduring monsoon rains, to create this gorgeous mural. And remember, because it’s Gif-iti, they had to paint it more than once. It took four passes to create the finished piece. It’s the largest Gif-iti mural that Insa has created yet.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the creation of this fantastic animated mural.

Head over to Insaland for process photos.

If you’ve been looking for a way to combine your love of Super Mario Bros., burgers and bacon (and why wouldn’t you?), we’d like to suggest whipping up a batch these delightfully delectable Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burgers.

Oakland, CA-based Instructables contributor Canida got the idea to create such geektastic burgers after seeing recipes for turtle-shaped bacon burgers that were sadly bereft of gaming references. Turning the burgers into pesky but yummy Koopa Troopas made them into awesome edibles. All you need is ground beef, bacon, hot dogs, hamburger buns and some food coloring.

Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.

[via Technabob]