This tile company wants to keep you on your toes. Casa Ceramic shared pictures of an entryway they installed that will make your stomach flip, the black and white tiles make it look like the floor is severely warped. But the very clever tiling is done on a perfectly straight floor - yup - it’s all optical illusion.
They are actual tiles pic.twitter.com/7HvTqz9jHP— Casa Ceramica (@casaceramica) September 22, 2017
The floor was installed by the British tile company to demonstrate the talents of their designers and contractors. Sales administrator for the company, Harry Molyneaux admitted that the effect is much more dramatic when viewed via a photograph. The floor was installed about a year ago to demonstrate what can be done with tile, and it's apparently not as intense up close. He added, "the floor is completely flat and safe to walk over." The company has also released videos of people walking across the floor, which go to show just how easily our brains are tricked by visuals. Users on Reddit had a good suggestion for the wacky tiling job. It could be very effective in stopping children running in school corridors.
Optical Illusions have been bending our minds since the 5th century B.C.
Optical illusions have been entertaining us since the 5th century B.C. In this time, there was a much-heated debate about what caused optical illusions and if our human senses were to blame for the trickery or if it was something to do with the environment. It is believed that the Greek philosopher Aristotle, eventually waded into the debate suggesting it was a combination of environment and the human senses. The investigation was later taken up by Plato who was more adamant that all the human senses had the ability to be ‘tricked’ to believe something that was not true. Today we can classify optical illusions as a visual that is perceived differently from its reality. Information on the visual is gathered by the eye and processed by the brain that does not match with the recognized physical parameters of the stimulus.
Illusions are used in art, architecture and even therapy
There are generally agreed to be three main types of optical illusions. These are literal optical illusions, psychological illusions that are created from excessive stimulation from one source such as color, tilt or movement and the last is cognitive illusions that are created from unconscious inferences.
Optical illusions are consistently used in art and architecture to confuse and intrigue. In ancient Greece, the effect was used on the roofs of temples to make them look bowed or curved. In more contemporary times, illustrators like M.C Escher used optical illusions to show two different motifs in the same drawing. The ‘perception’ of optical illusions is often cited by Gestalt therapists as a way to gain insight into an individual's understanding of incoming sensations. Gestalt therapists have been known to be intrigued by patients' perceptions when looking at optical illusion where two images can be switched back and forth in a person's mind such as the rabbit-duck illusion.