Check out the pattern below. What do you see? A bunch of lines and boxes, right? Well believe it or not, there’s actually 16 circles hiding in there somewhere. We know, it sounds crazy, but you’ll just have to trust us on this one.
It’s called the Coffer Illusion, and it was a finalist in the 2006 Best Illusion of the Year contest. It was created by Anthony Norcia, formerly of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, and it’s called the Coffer Illusion because Coffer is an architectural term used to refer to a series of sunken panels in various shapes.
The image was recently uploaded by somebody called i124nk8, and it’s been astounding and bamboozling the internet ever since. Some people can see the circles, some people can’t. Can you? Then let us know in the comments below!
Optical illusions work by using color, light and patterns to create images that are designed to confuse the brain. They occur because our mind is trying to interpret what our eyes see, thereby creating a perception that doesn’t match the real image in front of us.
Yep, they’re really in there.
Confused? Only seeing boxes? Here’s a look at the circles up close:
See the above zoomed image, can you see those 2 circles mixed up with the environment? Look carefully
If that doesn’t help, here’s the answer with some helpful red circles:
Well, now the 16 circles are quite obvious. Here’s the secret, the pattern in the circles are verticle whereas the pattern outside are horizontal and most people can’t differentiate because they are merged quite nicely.
How many circles do you see now?
While most people see just boxes at first, it can be tough to “unsee” the circles once you see them.
That’s how people are reacting after it hits.
It’s like The Dress all over again.