Are you sure that what you see is what is actually there?

This is my take on the old Four Blind Men and the Elephant tale. Each man feels a different part of the Elephant and describe four totally different (all wrong) animals.

So, below are 3 images of 3 dimensional structures.

Get the pictures?


Each one of these images are compounds of a (the same) single sub-structure! Agree?

Each one of these images is taken of an object with eight identical (except for colour) sub structures.


Now for the hard part…

… each one of these images are of the exact same object! Agree?


So what shape is it and what shape are the 8 components?

How well can you morph the images into a single 3D picture in your head?


Although there are pyramid shaped cavities in the smaller and overall structure there is no ‘unfilled’ space that is not ‘contained’ within the larger object. You could make a solid smaller structure and there would be no spaces within the boundaries of the 8 objects when combined into the larger object.





  1. These things drive me crazy(er), Love. I spend way too much time attempting to make sense of them spatially – and often walk away feeling utterly defeated.and beyond stupid. I have to remind myself that I have MANY talents and intellectual strengths, but this is simply not one of them. ::sigh::
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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  2. Hi Maddy 😉 – i like the (er) above 😉

    Please don’t feel bad… we can’t ALL be perfect! (hehhehheh) 🙂

    I’ve been pondering both 3 dimensional structure and how we make sense of our world (or think we do) a lot lately and this was a near perfect combination of the two.

    To an average person there would seem to be no way those three things are one and the same object, and yet i can show anyone that they are ( i might have to make a little video) which proves that often (more often than we ever realise) what we see, we misinterpret, or place far too much emphasis upon one aspect of a more complex, bigger picture. Our brains have, through necessity and evolutionary forces, been engineered to take shortcuts – which sometimes prevent us from seeing and understanding all that we should do.

    As for the object (the smaller base of the 8 that make up this one) it is pretty remarkable in that it can fairly accurately represent spheres, cubes, hexagons and tetrahedrons as well as octahedrons and contains 7 distinct and uniquely oriented 2D planes all out of 13 (12+1) locii or point vertices.

    Ok i’m probably not helping with the level of craziness now – am i?? 🙂

    Hope you’re well!



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