'How does it work?': TikTok users lose it over 'optical illusion' house

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A ‘spinning house’ that has been baffling drivers along the entrance to Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown for years has blown the minds of TikTok users after an Aussie shared a video of the optical illusion.

"The spinning optical illusion house always trips me out," TikTok user Hazel Ann captioned the video as she drove past the iconic house showing how it seemingly twists and turns, moving along with the viewer.

The clip has been watched over 1.5 million times since it was uploaded Monday but the house is actually an art piece designed by western Sydney artist Regina Walters called Camoufleur, and has been confusing motorists since it was unveiled in 2009.

Camoufleur by western Sydney artist Regina Walters
The optical illusion house has been mystifying Sydney mototorists for years and not tikTik has discovered it. Source: TikTok/hazelannm

“I watched this so many times and I have no idea what I’m seeing,” one confused TikTok user wrote.

“It’s so cool but why put something that distracting that you know drivers are going to stare at?” a person asked.

One user said the house used to wow him as a child but now that he’s older, it annoys him “because I know how unobtainable my goal to live in such an iconic house was.”

Another user questioned the placement of the house, saying it was too distracting.

“It’s in the worst spot ever - it appears as you enter onto a corner merge lane of a major intersection,” he said.

Several users were just excited to see the area becoming a viral sensation.

“Milperra becoming slightly viral? Yes please!” one person commented.

"How does it work?" a user asked.

According to Hidden Sydney, Camoufleur is a “recreation of a disguised airplane hangar and a 1940s styled home in black and white using camouflage 3D optical illusions”.

It sounds simple enough, but it turns out the style was actually born out of Australia's war past.

Camoufleur was inspired by the work of the little known Sydney Camouflage Group which was formed by artists, photographers, architects, scientists, engineers and civil servants in 1939.

During WWII the group were hired to deploy optical illusions and visual tricks for civil and military protection, by 1941 they were recognised by the Department of Home Security and advised the military on how to camouflage from the enemy.

The Camoufleur project is one of six artworks representing stories relating to events that occurred along the Georges River foreshores.

Regina Walters' other work includes sculpture, installation, film and photography, with exhibitions nationally and internationally

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