Large optical illusion art piece installed at Woodward’s Atrium in Gastown

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      If you’re walking through the main floor of the Woodward’s building, you may notice something on the ground that you’ve never seen before.

      Local eyewear retailer Clearly (formerly has commissioned muralists Sandy and Steve Pell (creators of the #kitswings mural in Kitsilano) to design an optical illusion art installation in Woodward’s Atrium (101 West Hastings Street).

      Viewers will be able to see different perceptions of this art piece depending on where you stand in the atrium—you’ll see something different if you’re standing on top, bottom, left, right, or above of the staircase.

      This installation aims to raise awareness for World Sight Day (October 12), as well as put emphasis on the importance of vision health and how it can greatly affect your perspective of the world.

      “2.5 billion people globally live with vision problems and can’t afford an optical solution, and this issue is true here in Canada as well,” said Arnaud Bussières, managing director of Clearly, in a press statement. “We wanted an art piece that reminds Vancouverites the importance of eye health by creating a piece that plays with perception to showcase the importance of vision in one’s perception of how they see. It is especially important in our world today.”

      Sandy explained that she wanted to create a piece that would encourage the public to walk around and interact with the artwork.

      “World Sight Day reminds us that visual communication comes in many forms,” said Steve, in a press statement. “We hope the Clearly mural helps spark conversation and raise public awareness about vision impairment as a major international public health issue.”

      The public will be able to view the art piece for free through October 31 on weekdays (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and weekends (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.).