This Incredible Swimming Pool Optical Illusion Would Cause Panic Anywhere

by : Tom Percival on : 14 Jan 2016 14:52
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This amazing optical illusion would probably cause quite a panic down the local swimming pool.

At first glance, it seems these silly tourists have taken a swim without remembering to take their clothes off but, surprisingly, they’re actually quite dry.


In fact, they managed to get into the swimming pool without even touching the water. That’s because they’re actually in an empty room at the bottom of pool and are looking up through the water, creating the illusion that they’re standing in the pool.

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The incredible illusion is created by four inches of water in between two sheets of transparent glass which makes the people in the room look submerged.

The pool is the work of Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, who wanted to create the effect of being underwater without having to get wet, and it’s currently on display at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.


The museum said:

While undermining our everyday assumptions about what we think to be obvious, the work invites our active involvement in its spaces— once we catch on to its deception —and produces a sense of connection between people looking at each other.

As cool as this is, it’d be pretty awkward if someone tried to jump in!

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    Amazing optical illusion makes people look like they're underwater in swimming pool when they're actually bone dry