Nissan unveils breathtaking 3D optical illusion ad

(Image credit: Nissan)

There's nothing the internet loves more than a good old optical illusion. But if you fancy seeing one in the flesh (and happen to be in London), Nissan's eye-popping new 3D poster is live on the South Bank until the end of this week.

Designed to demonstrate the all-new electric Nissan Qashqai, the cube-shaped display is able to create a 3D depth effect, with the vehicle itself appearing to burst out of the screen. Like all the best print ads, this one's certainly a head-turner. But unlike all the best print ads, this one's 3D.

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The six-metre cube shows a one-minute film every fifteen minutes, in which the car emerges from a dramatic storm, before appearing to "leap out of the screen". The installation was created by TBWA\London, and will remain on London's South Bank until 25 June.

"The all-new Nissan Qashqai sets a new benchmark in design and technology," Nic Thomas, marketing director at Nissan, said in a press release. "This exciting 3D installation brings that powerful message to spectators in a way many will never have experienced digital content before. We are delighted to be launching our flagship car with this innovative customer experience that will equally excite those watching in London, or seeing digital footage online."

Of course, the video above won't be nearly the same as experiencing the 3D installation itself, but we can't help but wonder whether this might be a glimpse of the future of out-of-home advertising. Then again, at 6 metres cubed, we have a feeling ads like aren't set to replace posters just yet. Let's just say it won't fit on the side of a bus.

Just last year, Nissan revealed a brand new logo, joining the flat design party along with pretty much every car brand around. This is an altogether bolder exercise in advertising – like this Eiffel Tower street art and that pulsating Sonos logo, it's often the most mind-boggling ads that are the best. If you fancy creating an optical illusion of your own, check out today's best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.