It is hard to believe that the top and bottom of the middle squares are actually the same shade. In order for me to see this, I had to use my finger to cover the area on my computer screen where they join. Then it was clear that they are actually the same color. This fascinating optical illusion has become one of my personal favorites.
About the Brightness Illusions (Green Square)
I have learned that this Brightness Illusions artwork is trying to show that the entire concept of an illusion is based on delusion. Through this optical illusion artwork, Beau Lotto is trying to help the viewer to realize that a person can see an illusion whenever the two realities are being entertained simultaneously. Such illusion artwork will help the spectator realize more wonderful things about the brain. The brain is a naturally creative and inquisitive tool that endlessly redefines normality which is essentially relative and historical. This Brightness Illusions will let the viewer realize the influence of color, motion as well as shape in an illusion.
Gaze cautiously at the two big squares in the middle to the image. At first look, one square looks like a light green and the other one is dark green. However, if you look closely, both squares are exactly the same color.
About the Artist
Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolab which is known as a hybrid art studio and science lab. With brilliant, communicating sculpture plus old-fashioned peer-reviewed research, he is able to unravel the secrets of the brain’s visual system. Lotto is enthusiastic about engaging people from all walks of life in research on perception both as subjects and as fellow researchers. The “i,scientist,” in fact has led to the publication of the first ever peer-reviewed scientific paper written by schoolchildren entitled “Blackawton Bees,” on December 2010. All his work endeavors to understand the visual brain as a system defined by its past ecological interactions with the world. In this viewpoint, the brain changed to see what proved useful to see, to continually redefine normality. According to this artist, Illusions are critical windows into the mind.
Thanks Beau Lotto for allowing us to post and share your fascinating optical illusion. If you wish to know more about his artworks then you can go and visit his website.