Sunderland academics bring Lowry painting to life

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TWO Sunderland academics have brought to life one of the UK’s most famous pieces of art.

Using the power of illusion, Prof Michael Pickard and Gurpreet Singh, from the University of Sunderland, have made Lowry’s ‘matchstick men’ appear to walk across the canvas.

An exhibition featuring more than 50 fascinating interactive illusions will run into next month.

The display presents a range of images that connect visual knowledge with creative design and explain how the visual principles work.

It also includes Prof Pickard’s ‘Steel Magnolias Illusion’ that was a top 10 finalist in the Illusion of the Year Contest, run by the American Visual Science Society, in which the magnolias seem to move and wave around as if in a strong breeze, yet nothing is actually moving.

Prof Pickard said: “Illusions are always fun but they also tell us a lot about how much and how little we really see.”

Gurpreet Singh said: “These illusions show how knowledge about vision can connect with the design process. It’s great to have this exhibition on at the University to bring to life classic artwork in Sunderland.”

The artwork is on display in the University’s Design Centre Gallery between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, until June 13.