I find this impossible figures illusion interesting. When I look at the figures, I try to interpret the picture as three dimensional. I was surprised to find out that it is two dimensional and is a physically impossible object/grid. Pictures are by their very nature two-dimensional, however they often characterize three-dimensional objects. I am a fan of puzzles and I definitely love mind boggling challenges just like this Hexagon grid of Vlad.
About the Hexagon Grid
I found out that there are variety of cues that are used to form a three-dimensional representation of a figure. These include interposition, height-in-the-field, linear perspective, texture gradient, size, shading, and atmospheric perspective. I have discovered that the combinations of these elements can create illusions of depth in a picture. I believe that impossible figures have some special features which distinguish them as a separate class of optical illusion. This Hexagon grid consists of impossible triangles.
About the Author
Vlad Alexeev lives in Kaluga (Russia) and works as a programmer for a company that develops access control systems. During his free time, he likes to program for his satisfaction, listen to music and read fantasy books. Vlad has gathered a big collection of impossible figures, so he decided to create a unique website about them. At the end of May 2001 the site was opened.
There are some impossible figures on the site that were created by him and his friends. In February of 2009, the site was chosen for Britannica iGuide directory of the Web’s best sites. Vlad has examined the internet periodically for new impossible figures and paintings. If you have some figures that were not included on the site, you can send them to him or send him a link to where these figures can be found. You can see some of Vlad’s work with impossible figures on the site, such as impossible dinos, computer images and photomontages. Vlad finds “impossible figures” interesting because they give an impression that they cannot exist in a real world.
Thank you Vlad Alexeev for allowing us to post and share your impossible figures. If you wish to know more about his interesting works, you can go and visit his website.
© Vlad Alexeev, 2009