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Turning Chinese Characters Into Optical Illusions

Netizens share artistic versions of Chinese phrases

12·13·2010

Turning Chinese Characters Into Optical Illusions

Netizens share artistic versions of Chinese phrases

12·13·2010

You might think Chinese characters are artistic enough, but the internet has been buzzing with versions of Chinese characters that are, quite literally, art. The pictures are so good, in fact, that you might have to squint for a moment before you realize that they’re actually characters, too. Look closer at this drawing of homes against a background of fields and a small mountain range. Every single line is actually part of a character that’s spelling out the phrase 美丽的家乡 (“beautiful hometown”). Now that’s a picture that’s worth a thousand words! Er, well, at least five characters! – C.C.