Spinning Vortex Illusion Pattern

Just a quick update for today, containing another trippy optical illusion addition to our heavily popular #Animations category. It may seem the vortex is actually spinning, but once again it’s just another effective static image. Created by Beau Deeley in 2012, inspiration for this familiar illusion-pattern was probably came from Akiyoshi Kitaoka. Perhaps Psychedelic Screen-melt and Trippy Beans turned out to be more exciting, never the less I still find this pretty impressive!

14 Replies to “Spinning Vortex Illusion Pattern”

  1. Okay…here’s a question. Why is the effect more pronounced – or for that matter only visible – on a computer monitor? I printed the image out and I don’t see the rotation! What’s up? My science kids are going to say it’s NOT an optical illusion – it must be a computer animation! I thought maybe it had something to do with the size of the image, but I printed it larger? Same result….As Spock would say, “Fascinating…”

    1. I think the optical illusion has a lot to do with the refresh rate on the screen. A tv screen or computer monitor is constantly, and rapidly (so fast you can’t see it happening) flickering the image you see. That is the big difference between how a screen displays an image and how a piece of paper does.

  2. How do I get this to work for me I’ve stared at this for ages and it’s not spinning at all. Where do I look?

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