Spot the circles in the Coffer Illusion

  • The Coffer Illusion created by vision scientist Anthony Norcia. Image credit: Anthony Norcia
  • An example of Gianni Sarcone's op art. Image credit: Gianni Sarcone
Date:11 August 2017 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, , ,

Optical illusions have a knack of freaking out the Internet. The latest illusion that has people scratching their heads is Coffer Illusion – a simple linear image that has circles hidden between the lines.

Whether it’s colour changing dresses or finding flaws in the blackest black, Internet users tend to get excited whenever there’s a new optical illusion trending.

This time around the Coffer Illusion challenges us to spot the circles in the pattern. On first glance what you see is linear rows of sunken squares. The challenge is that your brain will automatically follow the lines to interpret the shapes.

Mystic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

The rectangular pattern in the Coffer Illusion mimics a technique used in architecture where a series of sunken panels or coffers is used to decorate ceilings.

The illusion was created by vision scientist Anthony Norcia. It is a variation on op art illusions. These brain teasers were first popularised by visual artist Gianni Sarcone.


op art by Gianni Sarcone

An example of Gianni Sarcone’s op art.


The complete Coffer Illusion

In this image there are 16 circles hidden among the squares. If you can’t seem to find them, scroll down for the solution. Warning: this may spoil the illusion for you.


Spot the circles in the Coffer Illusion

How to find the solution (*spoiler*):

The circles are located between the rectangles. Each rectangles’ top and bottom diagonal lines form the bottom and top curves of the circle above or below it. The horizontal lines between each rectangle forms the body of the circle.

Do you see it now? If you still cant, we recommend telling your brain to see the circles.


Source: Design Taxi

Image credit: Anthony Norcia

Mystic Flying Bat credit: Gianni Sarcone

Latest Issue :

May-June 2022