Of all the optical illusion artwork that I have searched online, the rotating snakes blows me away the most! It is almost magical and I consider it to be one of the most terrific visual illusions I have ever seen. Rotating snakes are circular snakes that appear to rotate spontaneously. I was really amazed with the fantastic illusion design of Akiyoshi Kiatoka. I was amused to see the circular snakes move and I definitely find it spectacular to look at. Akiyoshi really did a great job, and it is not surprising that the Rotating Snakes illusion is popular.
About the Rotating Snakes
I have learned that Rotating Snakes is based on the concept of spiral illusion or concentric circles that appear to be spiral. This visual illusion is a combination of arts, science and psychology. Akiyoshi definitely has a brilliant mind for creating such an excellent illusion design and awesome tricks for the eyes. I was really flabbergasted to see the wonderful illusory rotation with my very own eyes!
About The Artist
Akiyoshi Kitaoka is a professor of Psychology at the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He received a BSC from the Department of Biology, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan in 1984 and received a PhD degree from the Institute of Psychology, University of Tsukuba in 1991. Akiyoshi received the “Gold Prize” of the 9th L’ORÉAL Art and Science of Color Prize in 2006 and the “Award for Original Studies” from the Japanese Society of Cognitive Psychology in 2007. Akiyoshi also produces a variety of illusion works and exhibits them in his webpages. His most popular illusion work is “Rotating snakes” which was created in 2003 as an image of the optimized Fraser-Wilcox illusion.
Before Akiyohsi started to investigate visual illusions, he studied Animal Psychology – particularly on the burrowing behavior in rats and mice and electrophysiology or neuronal activity of the inferior temporal cortex in Macaque monkeys. Akiyoshi wrote more than ten books of visual illusions or illusion designs. He extensively studies visual illusions including geometrical shape illusions, lightness illusions, color illusions, motion illusions and other visual phenomena including visual completion or perceptual transparency.
Thank you Akiyoshi Kitaoka for allowing us to post and share your magnificent illusion design. If you wish to see more of Akiyoshi’s Visual Illusion works, you can go and visit his website.
Copyright A.Kitaoka 2003 (September 2, 2003)