This article originally appeared on VICE US.
Everyone likes a good optical illusion. The right kind of trick can instill a sense of wonder in even the most jaded viewer.
Every year, the Neural Correlate Society, a nonprofit that promotes scientific research into perception and cognition, runs a contest to find the world’s best illusion. This year’s winner is a Dual Axis, a series of twisting rings that appear to move clockwise, counterclockwise, and up or down, depending on how you’re looking at it.
The Dual Axis illusion is the work of Frank Force, an Austin-based game developer. “I've worked on DOOM, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Psi-Ops, and Starhawk,” he told Motherboard in an email. “A little over a year ago I decided to quit my job to focus more on the creative side of things and learn some new skills.”
The Dual Axis is hypnotic and beautiful. “The ‘when you see it’ moment is extremely satisfying for this one,” Force said. “Also it is kind of a metaphor for seeing things from multiple points of view, which is more important now than ever.”