These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You

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These stunning 3D sand designs from New Zealand are simple stunning. Scraping optical illusions into the lovely beaches of Mount Maunganui (and others), the creators from 3DSD certainly know how to trick the eyes.

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Consisting of the artists Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins and David Rendu, the artist collective uses the elements to their advantage, stating on their website that, "These ephemeral drawings are respecting the environment, leaving no trace after the following high tide. Photography is the medium to record this moment."

And sometimes the ocean tide molds the art itself:

Illustration for article titled These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You
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It's all gorgeous, and we love the models who really help sell the illusion.

Illustration for article titled These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You
Illustration for article titled These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You
Illustration for article titled These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You
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Illustration for article titled These Gorgeous Beachside Optical Illusions Will Fool You
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Many more images at 3DSD.

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I'm still confused by the lack of shadow in the first illusion. It makes me feel like he's high enough for the shadow to be out of the shot.