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Opprints Visual Illusions

Forfeit

The most immediately visible features of the design are the feet around the circumference and it is clear that they alternate in direction. What is not so clear is that the feet are attached to legs!

The circular symmetry makes it difficult to see the radial shape from which the circular elements are derived. This is especially so because of the many interpretations that are possible for the circular elements. However, if the grouping of the black areas can be overcome then the extended legs will be visible. It might be necessary to trace a contour from the toe inwards to detect the shape and to appreciate that the legs are continually crossing others facing the opposite direction.

Within the central area is another visual conundrum which suggested the title of the print: there are four feet, each of the same dimensions as those around the circumference, but the central feet are not all black. They are made up of black and white areas because they overlap other feet at right angles to them. Thus, the perceptual puzzle of the four feet in the centre is reflected in the title, Forfeit.

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