Jamie Harkins, a talented artist and musician from New Zealand, has been keeping busy creating fun optical illusions and 3D images on beaches that keep passers-by bewildered and delighted.
Harkins employs the same trick of perspective that sidewalk chalk artists employ when they fool us into thinking that their 2D illustrations are actually 3D. It’s called anamorphosis, and it requires that the viewer observe the art from a certain perspective for its illusion to work. Harkins’ art would appear like meaningless lines to people on the beach, but viewed from afar, they transform into sailboats, docks, steps, or other artistic images from Harkins’ wild imagination. He adds an excellent, mind-bending touch by getting people to pose within his images, further blurring the line between reality and illusion.