Who else could give us the best illusion this year than Mother Nature herself? Salar de Uyuni, the mystifying salt flat in Bolivia, takes on a giant, mirror-like illusion when it is covered in water. As the world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni is a must-visit destination for anyone who ever has a chance to visit Bolivia, especially in the rainy season.
5. Boy Crossed a Rickety Bridge
Nikolaj Arndt churned out one of our favorite illusions this year that’s simply called the Bridge. It shows a young boy precariously crossing a rickety wooden bridge with a gaping hole right underneath his feet. The 3D street art illusionist is a true master at at making us believe that hidden worlds exist beneath us.
4. Crocodiles in Your Home
Russian-born artist Nikolaj Arndt painted this piece of crocodiles snapping at a person inside a home. The anamorphic artwork gave the illusion that a swampy lake existed just underneath the wooden floors. How cool would it be if this was the latest home decorating trend?
3. Crumbling Gotham City
Joe & Max are the team behind some of the best street art illusions this year. One of their biggest hits was for Warner Bros.’ release of the movie The Dark Knight Rises. Created on the streets of Madrid, Spain, it showed a bird’s eye view of Gotham City burning below while the Batman symbol shined above.
2. Building You Could Scale (Like Spider-Man)
For both kids and adults alike, the Bâtiment (Building) by Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich was a delightful, interactive illusion. Exhibited for the first three months of the year in Paris, at the art complex Le 104, the Parisian facade let visitors walk all around the outside of the building, scaling its walls and jumping from window to window.