I find the Magnet Like slopes illusion fascinating especially when the balls appear to “climb up” to the center. It is fun to watch and I think that this video will amuse you. It is a very unique illusion masterpiece and it almost looks like a magic trick more than a wonderful work of art.
About the Magnet-Like Slopes
This Magnet-Like Slopes illusion won first prize at the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2010 held in Naples, Florida. I have learned that Kokichi Sugihara discovered “Impossible Motion” while doing engineering research for machine interpretation of line drawings. In order to check the behavior of his software, Sugihara gave pictures of impossible objects as the input, expecting the software to judge them impossible. However, his software would sometimes interpret the pictures of impossible objects as real solids, from which he found out some of pictures of impossible objects are not impossible after all. At first look, the solid appears to be four slopes going down towards the center. However, if the wooden balls are placed on the slopes, the balls appear to “climb up” toward the center just as if they were pulled by a magnet.
About the Artist
Kokichi Sugihara is a Japan based master of perception artist. He has computer software that interprets two dimensional line drawings as three dimensional objects. There are times when the software rejects his original designs as impossible. According to Sugihara, the program will sometimes turned the objects into real objects, and that is how he discovered that some impossible objects are not really impossible. They can actually be built as three-dimensional pieces.
Thank you Kokichi Sugihara for allowing us to post and share your Magnet-Like Slopes. If you wish to know more about his works on impossible motion, you can go and visit his website.