US Bank Tower Illusion

As expected the illusion doesn’t totally translate in the clip below, but after a late lunch at Blue Star on Saturday Susan and I went cruising around the Eastside (with a visit to Evergreen Cemetery) and came back westward on Whittier Boulevard to capture what was a noticeable vision trick regarding downtown’s US Bank Tower.

Basically to the naked eye it looks bigger further away, but as you draw closer the skyscraper appears to shrink. Like I said at the top, on shakycam video the effect isn’t nearly so dramatic, but there’s a hint of what I’m talking about:

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."