Optical illusion brings tourists to middle of Iowa road


LET’S TAKE A LOOK IN ERIC
HANSON’S THIS IS IOWA. ERIC CRUISE ACROSS IOWA AND
: YOU’LL FIND HUNDREDS OF SLEEPY
MAIN STREETS. BUT DYSART IS DIFFEREN
>>WERE ONE OF THE FEW
COMMUNITIES WHERE YOU COME TO
TOWN WE TELL YOU TO GO STAND IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. ERIC SERIOUSLY. : THEY’RE NOT KIDDING. STRAIGHT NORTH
MARY SNYDER BEHRENS CAN TELL YOU
SHE’S JUST STANDING IN THE
MIDDLE OF MAIN STREET NEXT TO
HER ARTWORK BUT SINCE SHE LE
THE EFFORT TO PAINT IT, EVERYONE WHO’S STOOD RIGHT HERE AGREES
THOSE CARS LOOK LIKE THEY’RE
PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO FALLING INTO
A BOTTOMLESS DOWNTOWN PIT. IT’S AN ANAMORPHIC ILLUSION.>>IT’S OLDER THAN THE HILLS. DA VINCI WAS USING THESE THINGS. IT’S VERY OLD, BUT IT STILL
DELIGHTS PEOPLE. ERIC DYSART’S SELF-APPOINTED
: TOUR LEADERS HAVE A HARD TIME
KEEPING UP.>>WE’VE HAD CHICAGO, MICHIGAN. ERIC ALL BECAUSE MARY PITCHED
: THE IDEA THAT UNUSUAL ART CAN
PUT THEIR TOWN ON THE MA
SO THE CITY COUNCIL SAID KEEP
GOIN
NOW, THERE’S MARY’S VORTEX UP BY THE COOP, HER BIKE TRAIL
SINKHOLE ON A WAVY CHECKERBOARD,
THE 3-D BLOCKS ON THE PRESCHOO
SIDEWALK AND HER HER MAG
CYLINDER THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE
THE KOI FISH PAINTED ON THE GROUND ARE IN THERE. BLACKSMITH DEB ROETTGER BELIEVES
HER TOWN’S ALWAYS BEEN GREA
BUT TO STAND OUT THEY NEEDED A
, SPARK.>>IT’S A DRAW PAYMENT AND
AGAIN, IT’S ABOUT BEING UNIQUE. ERIC: THERE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONS,
LIKE THE GUY WITH HORSES IN THE
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE. BUT MAIN STREET HAS BEEN BUSIER,
WITH VISITORS WHO WOULDN’T BE
RIGHT HERE IF IT WASN’T FOR
DYSART’S OPTICAL ILLUSIONS. MARY ALREADY HAS PLANS FOR MORE. SHE JUST NEEDS PAINT AND SOME
TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PULL
THEM OFF. ERIC HANSON, KCCI 8 NEWS, IOWA’S
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