This gravity-defying 3D optical illusion is baffling the web

3 images of a blue 3D printed structure with a marble progressively travelling up a downward stair case.
(Image credit: Shirahaha)

We love a good optical illusion here at Creative Bloq, but this might just be the coolest yet. This 3D printed structure seemingly defies the laws of gravity by rolling marbles uphill – and it's bending our minds. 

The 3D sculpture features four sets of downward-facing stairs. However, when viewed from a particular angle, the stairs shift to look like they face upwards – making the marbles look like they float to the top of the stairs. The designer, Julian Hardy, is offering his design for free so you can print your own mind-boggling illusion. If you haven't got a 3D printer, fear not – our list of the best 3D printers has you covered.

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.