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Tourist Trap
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Published: November 1, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 eriban
Created in a bygone era, by a people long forgotten, using skills forever lost, the Tower at the World's Corner prominently stands at the corner of the world. Trespassing is allowed, but mind the step. Please make a donation before you enter.

Technical Details and Credits

This image has been rendered using the POVRay raytracer. No post-processing has taken place on the image to make the illusion work; this is the 3D scene as it is rendered by the raytracer.

The grass is made using macros by Gilles Tran. The palm tree is made using the tree macro by Tom Aust, modified by Gena Obukhov. The chain is made using a macro by the PM 2Ring, using catenary calculations by Zdislav Kovarik.

Related images

Tourist Trap II [link] shows pretty much the same scene, but with a different perspective. Check it out!
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Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Macintosh
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TheSUNGlassKid's avatar
TheSUNGlassKidHobbyist Photographer
You sure you didn't have a hand in the Magic Eye books?
eriban's avatar
Yeah, pretty sure. But then again, nothing is impossible, right? So who knows...
Wolfynsong's avatar
Ha, it's totally an M. C. Escher drawing, but 3-D. That's awesome.
assporn's avatar
asspornStudent General Artist
The subtle changing in the shading changes the perspective...nice one.
eriban's avatar
Thanks. But who knows, maybe it is the change in perspective that causes the subtle change in shading?
assporn's avatar
asspornStudent General Artist
Both go hand-in-hand, I guess.
alltelleringet's avatar
alltelleringetProfessional Photographer
nice one
eriban's avatar
Thanks. You have made some innovative 3D illusions yourself, so that makes it extra nice to hear.
flowerpower09's avatar
flowerpower09Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm when my eyes start at the bottom of the tile floor and move up slowly, I see the inside of the corner. But somewhere along the inside of the top border, right below the window and the circle design, the point of view changes so I'm now looking at the outside of the building. (if any of that made sense) No matter how hard I try, I can't get my eyes to see the tower as a whole.

I LOVE this. And I can most definitely look at it for hours! =D Great job!! :heart:
eriban's avatar
Thanks!!!

Your explanation definitely makes sense. I am surprised by people that manage to view the tower as a coherent three dimensional object. They must have special powers. Ordinary beings should not be able to make sense of it. At least, I can't...
flowerpower09's avatar
flowerpower09Hobbyist Writer
Really? Thank you for assuring me I'm normal! =D
I feel much better! I don't know how they see it either. =P
eriban's avatar
I thought your emote was bowing in admiration, but after closer inspection, it was only fainting.... ah well, too bad. ;-)
bread-doh's avatar
oh well, i bowed in admiration to your skill in making this optical illusion. :XD:
as well as fainting, in the after. =p
Dark-Beauty's avatar
Dark-BeautyStudent General Artist
the lower part is to the inside because of the shadow on the red box, while the upper part is to the outside because of the flower thing and how the shadow is represented.

good work, only a fool wouldn't understand, so good work to test the mind.
eriban's avatar
It may be a bit subtle for some but if you examine the shadows and lighting carefully, that is indeed the only correct interpretation for the top and bottom part of the tower. That still doesn't explain how it is achieved though. That's a question for bonus points... :-)
Dark-Beauty's avatar
Dark-BeautyStudent General Artist
oh haha i never said it completes the image, theres other factors in it.
ill look on it better later
Asparuh13's avatar
Asparuh13Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
Draconis-de-Christus's avatar
nice........ A mind-bending illusion + a wonderful sense of humor = a lovely head-scratching moment :lol:
eriban's avatar
Thanks. I am happy to hear that you liked the bit of humor that I tried to add.
strangeXandXstranger's avatar
this hurts my head -_-" AWESOME!! XD
eriban's avatar
Apologies and thanks
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