This Mind-Blowing “House Illusion” Might Just Make You Go Cross-Eyed.

This house sculpture is actually a very impressive optical illusion.

At first, this house scultpure at the National Gallery of Art doesn’t seem all that impressive — that is, until you realize it’s a total optical illusion! A recent TikTok video of this fascinating piece by Roy Lichtenstein has people on the internet straining their eyes. From one angle, House I looks like a colorful but otherwise ordinary structure. However, once the camera starts moving, it becomes clear that the house is actually completely inverted!


Although the video claims that House I is located in the Smithsonian, it actually resides in the nearby Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Regardless, the footage of this sculpture is absolutely mesmerizing! The best part is that, even after watching the illusion in action, the house still looks completely ordinary when you return to the original viewpoint. It’s almost impossible to see the inversion head-on!

This house sculpture is actually a very impressive optical illusion.
Screengrab from GLOSS/TikTok

“I keep rewatching trying to make myself see it without the illusion,” wrote one commenter. “Can’t make it work.”

“I almost went cross eyed several times as it moves,” said another.

Of course, you don’t always have to visit a museum to see incredible works of art. Check out some of the most stunning street art from all over the world!

Watch the video below to see the spellbinding optical illusion of Roy Lichtenstein’s House I at the National Gallery of Art.

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