If you’ve seen Inception, you’ll probably recognize the movie’s signature “bending” cityscapes. Of course, those cityscapes required quite a bit of computational power to render. But what if there was a place on earth that actually bends like the streets in the movie?
Welcome to Seoul Toll Gate, a place where your dreams prevail and physics perish. Or does it?
Of course it does not, this optical illusion is an aerial photo of the tall gate, which is, of course, perfectly flat. Well, at least as flat as most things are.
Here is the thing, since this is a toll gate, the lanes get broader as they are closer to the booth line. This is made, simply, to allow enough space to hold the booths. At the right height, the perspective aligns so it seems as if the road rises in a completely non-physical way.
We were not sure, so I hit up google earth to check, and assuming there is no world-wide conspiracy to hide the gate’s physical properties, its flat.
Street view proves the same:
Let me leave you with two videos, the first is the physics scene from Inception.
The other one is the commercial for Superman: The Escape from Krypton roller coaster, which as far as I know is the only real world bending street.