23 Pieces Of Street Art That Turn Cities Into Incredible Illusions
Artists around the world are trying to change how you see and interact with your city. The illusions they create to do so are mind boggling.
" Take My Lightning but Don't Steal My Thunder" [ Alex Chinneck / London]
This spectacular levitating building in Covent Garden leaves the mind boggled. The science used is the same principle of counterweight used by levitating men. In the green market stall to the side of the building is a single steel beam which supports the entire thing.
Sunbathing Man [MTO / France]
Words On The Wall [ Boa Mistura / Sao Paulo, Brazil ]
This group transforms the tired, winding, elevated streets of Brazil's slums into incredible pieces of art.
3D Chalk Snail [Julian Beever]
Globe Park [Francois Abelanet / Paris, France]
This park in Paris may look like a 3D Globe - from certain angles - but from others you can see how it actually works.
"From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes" [Alex Chinneck / London]
Alex Chinneck acquired 1 Godwin Road, Cliftonville, after noticing that the area was in decline. Removing the entire front wall, he rebuilt it one floor off, to open the decaying interior of the top floor and create a bizarre illusion. The piece acts as a physical representation of a community in decline and as a testament that art should serve everyone - even the poor.
"Don't Ignore Me!" [Unicef / China]
There are 1.5 million underprivileged children in China, and to raise awareness of their plight, Unicef created this incredible street art that creates children from thin air.
See Through Cabin [Lewes, Delaware]
3D Geometric Shapes [Brussels, Belgium / Alexis Facca]
Alexis Facca transforms abandoned urban locations with an incredible anamorphic effect.
“Giant Clothespin” [Mehmet Ali Uysal / Liege]
In Liege, Belgium, a giant clothespin holds onto a mound of dirt and grass in a spectacular illusion. The clothespin was designed by a Turkish artist, Mehmet Ali Uysal, for the Festival of the Five Seasons.
Cartoon Invasion [ Aakash Nihalani / Brooklyn, USA]
With only paper tubes and paint, Aakash Nihalani is able to warp how our mind works and create truly incredible illusions that look like a cartoon invading our world.
Invisible Skyway [ Mark Hewson / New Zealand]
New Zealand artist, illusionist and urbanist Mark Hewson uses spatial deception to convince people that there is less (or more) to their city than can ordinarily be seen.
Invisible E lectrical Boxes [ Mona Caron / San Francisco, USA]
Anamorphic Illusion [ Truly Design / Rome]
Truly Design paint incredible illusions onto neglected monuments throughout Italy.
Hovering Tree [ Mario Schuster / Potsdam, Germany]
To create this optical illusion, Daniel Siering and Mario Shu wrapped the tree with plastic and then painted on the landscape of the scenery behind the tree.
" Miner on the Moon" Upside Down House [ Alex Chinneck / London]
Dalston House [Leandro Erlich / London]
Dalston House is an installation in London that uses mirrors to transform visitors into Spider Men. It gives both kids and adults a chance to play and interact with a mind-boggling environment.
Beautifying Railings [ Zebrating / Germany]
The Tree [TSF Crew / France]
In the space of a few months, the TSF Crew planted and felled this 3D tree in an abandoned building. The note reads, "Sorry For The Tree We Need More Space."
Optical Illusion Billboard [India]
Colorful Holes In The Wall [1010 / France]
By carefully layering paint, 1010 is able to create incredible holes in urban environments that look as though they could be a portal to another world.
Street Chasms [ Edgar Mueller / Ireland]
Edgar Mueller is a master of three-dimensional illusion street art. His canvas is the streets that we use every day. Most who see these incredible works of art are so drawn in by the illusion that they will take great pains to walk around it, so they won’t “fall” in.