Eiffel Tower optical illusion stuns Paris

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(Image credit: JR)

The iconic Eiffel Tower is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, so it can be hard to find a new angle to shoot it from. But Parisians have emerged from lockdown to find it now looks very different – if you're standing on the right spot. A stunning optical illusion from French photographer and street artist JR makes the tower appear to be perched precariously over a rocky chasm with a city below it.

The artist has laid a black-and-white photomontage of a ravine and the pillars at the base of the tower over the floor of the Place du Trocadéro, the esplanade that overlooks the landmark. It makes for an impressive piece of urban art (see our favourite street art and these top optical illusions here).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.