Some buildings seem to smile, others seem to frown, but it’s usually just paredolia, the mind trick that lets us see faces in inanimate objects, like building facades. Seeing faces in lifeless objects is a common phenomenon that most of us experience pretty regularly, but these moments of connection with unfeeling facades can make the world seem a bit more alive. Literally. We want to see the best “places with faces” that you’ve ever encountered.
Maybe there’s a building near you that you’ve always thought had a giant grin, or maybe it’s a doorway that looks like the maw of some great, stone giant. Maybe it’s just a fortuitous arrangement of bricks and mortar, or some ironwork that you swear was molded into a human visage. Or maybe it’s even a face that was intentionally built into the architecture as a whimsical feature like a door-knocker or a keyhole. Wherever you find them, we want to see those places’ faces.
Share your favorite place-with-a-face in the comments below, and show us any incredible, original pictures you might have of them. Tell us where the place is located, and a bit about how you found out about it, and we might include your response in a round-up on the Atlas Obscura main site. I can’t wait to finally look some places in the (possibly imagined) eyes…
(Image: Elliott Brown/CC BY 2.0)