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Optical illusions are even better in 3D

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So you're a fan of time-lapse videos, and it goes without saying that you love optical illusions... but have you ever wondered what happens when you combine the two?

One possible outcome is the video featured here, titled Flawed Symmetry of Prediction, as shot by Southern California artist Jeff Frost. Frost's video footage of the desert and abandoned houses in the American Southwest is certainly stunning in its own right, but it was his incorporation of three perspective-bending optical illusions — and his use of time-lapse as a medium to expose the reality behind those illusions — that really sold us. The third painting (beginning around 3:14) is particularly striking in this regard.

Frost described to us his creative process:

I have a serious case of wanderlust. My favorite thing to do is roam the deserts in search of abandoned buildings. When I find a room I particularly like, I set up camp there (sometimes literally), and proceed to paint a large mural on the inside of it.

[With this video], I was interested in depicting the limited nature of perception, and our use of it to determine reality. The idea that we are literally surrounded by hidden worlds, and that almost nothing appears to us as it actually is, absolutely fascinates me.


You'll find more of Frost's work on his website.