Monday, May 9, 2016

How optical illusions can save lives

Source Website: http://news.asiaone.com/news/transport/how-optical-illusions-can-save-lives
By Kelly Grovier, BBC Culture, Sunday, 8 May 2016


How optical illusions can save lives
PHOTO: How optical illusions can save lives
By mesmerising motorists with the arresting 3D technique, civic planners are hoping to reduce the number of accidents caused by speeding.
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The Indian transport ministry is experimenting with 3D paintings on highways to make motorists slow down. Kelly Grovier looks at the history of artworks that confuse our eyes.

Does painting still have the power to stop us in our tracks, let alone save our lives? India's transport ministry is counting on it. Photos floating through social media this week have delighted in the experimental use of optical tricks in the painting of crosswalks in India. From the point of view of drivers approaching these pedestrian crossings, the flat white zebra stripes that our eyes are accustomed to seeing suddenly appear to levitate like weightless rafters in space.



Crosswalks are meant to tell drivers to yield to pedestrians, but too often they're treated as a suggestion rather than a rule.
PHOTO: Crosswalks are meant to tell drivers to yield to pedestrians, but too often they're treated as a suggestion rather than a rule. If the possibility of hitting someone isn't enough to slow speeding drivers, two artists from Gujarat, India are hoping this sneaky optical illusion will do the trick.
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By mesmerising motorists with the arresting 3D technique, civic planners are hoping to reduce the number of accidents caused by speeding. In doing so, they have tapped into an intriguing artistic tradition and, in particular, the power of a 16th Century masterpiece that was likewise conceived at the intersection of optical illusion and mortal salvation.

When it was unveiled in 1533, the double portrait The Ambassadors by the German and Swiss artist Hans Holbein the Younger must have struck observers as a road-bump for the soul. Looked at straight-on from the front, the huge oil-on-oak painting is enigmatic (difficult to interpret) enough, presenting to the observer a pair of distinguished diplomats caught in a clutter of worldly amusements: musical instruments and scientific whatnots scattered about the shelves on which they lean.



Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire
PHOTO: "Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire"
Photo credit: by Salvador Dalí, 1940. Wikimedia Commons/Fair Use
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But pass by the painting at a shallow angle from the left, such that your eye catches the work by chance in the periphery of its vision, and a mystery tucked into the centre of the painting stops you cold. Only from that askance  (suspicion) vantage (advantage) do you see the optical illusion Holbein has secretly positioned into the foreground of his work: the cracked cranium (the skull) of a spooky skull grinning back you.

Read the full article here (http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160429-how-optical-illusions-can-save-lives?ocid=AsiaOne).
By Kelly Grovier, BBC Culture, Sunday, 8 May 2016



2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China
PHOTO: 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China
The 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China is now open at the Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Centre of the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The exhibition is notable for the fact that it’s changing the standard pattern of visiting art galleries and museums. Usually people just view the exhibits, and observe Photos from a specific distance, which in any case can not be touched. Here is the opposite: It’s necessity that you should touch painting with your unique expression or with an amazing smile on your face.The event started on July 1 and will run till 6th August.
Photos by China Press/Associated Press
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2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China
PHOTO: 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition Of China
Photos by China Press/Associated Press
Picture posted by Jone on 14 November 2012
 

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