The Word Is Anamorphosis

 Anamorphosis. Noun. A distorted projection or drawing that appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.

Check out some examples below, by artist Brusspup:

On Brussup’s work, Robert Krulwich writes:

You know it’s not true — all you have to do is step an inch off your position — but when it’s there, it seems uncannily real.

I keep trying to see the images both ways at once. Thanks, Radiolab, for the midday mind stretch.

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