This takes “Mind the Gap” to the next level. Just brilliant. Bring this to Toronto! Would be an excellent tourist attraction in Dundas Square.
The illusion was created by Swedish artist Erik Johansson. On his website, Johansson writes that he has “always been quite fascinated by perspective illusions in my images and some time ago I got an idea of trying to realize one in a public space somewhere.”
Johansson states that he wanted his illusion to be different from other popular street perspective tricks. “I wanted to try to make it as a photo instead of drawing and painting the streets. Photography is my medium and I wanted it to look as realistic as possible, just like my photos.”
If the above video’s runaway success on YouTube is any indication, Johansson more than achieved his objective. You can see footage of how the illusion was created and some reactions to it in the video below.